I would sooner read a time-table or a catalogue than nothing at all. They are much more entertaining than half the novels that are written.
In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practised at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
.. He found himself now in the agreeable situation of being able to do what was best for others and at the same time what was convenient to himself. - p.67
To eat well in England, you should have a breakfast three times a day.