IT is the little rift within the lute,
That by-and-by will make the music mute,
And ever-widening, slowly silence all.
THE greatest evils in life have had their rise from somewhat which was thought of too little importance to be attended to.
IT is sometimes a very trifle, whence a great temptation arises. And whilst I am thinking myself tolerably safe, and when I least expect it, I sometimes find myself almost entirely overcome by a slight breath.
Thomas A Kempis
THE only advice even now, which I can give to those who comprehend the bitter pangs of such self-degradation as passion brings, is to watch the first risings of the storm, and to say “Beware; be watchful,” at the least indication of a tempest.