The Shadow Riders

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John Lane Company, 1916 - 379 pages

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Page 163 - The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid. 20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
Page 5 - ... beyond page the last — and is not this the supreme magic? The spirit of the book is impersonal, balanced, mildly and mellowly ironic, never censorious. Piercing vision, a voice of sympathy, and rigid self-command — these are the author's equipment. She says at the outset, 'There is an old proverb that one can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. It is doubtless a true saying; I only wonder what one does with the flies after having caught them.
Page 201 - You can get the same raw material if you let down the bars ; and as for labour cost, if it is any higher here, why should our young people of Ontario and Quebec go across to work in the New England factories at the shameful wages they get there? And they do. We need competition ; competition in brains.
Page 152 - It's stupid ; men trying to build with one hand while they destroy with the other. I suppose they all begin almost imperceptibly, too, and think they can be great men after they get through being little ones.
Page 337 - ... what an abyss of blackness and terror opened to the imaginative spirit; how the moral vision was darkened by the fume of hatred and frenzied lies which ascended to heaven like the smoke of the pit.
Page 203 - We have to do it more or less in spite of you men, who are always chasing off to the ends of the earth for new scenery and a different kind of work — but the human race is still extant.
Page 86 - I think we are just a hundred years behind the times in clinging to a word like Empire.
Page 90 - Spoils and place and privilege — for money over men — party over principle — men over women. It suffocates me.
Page 167 - There are always at least two ways of doing a thing — and one is not to do it!
Page 173 - Evidently nothing could be done straight anyway ; there was an ineradicable kink in human nature to prevent that.

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