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The Mill on the Floss
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  • It is mere cowardice to seek safety in negations.
  • A character at unity with itself—that performs what it intends, subdues every counteracting impulse, and has no visions beyond the distinctly possible—is strong by its very negations.
  • As for other acquaintances, there is a chill air surrounding those who are down in the world, and people are glad to get away from them, as from a cold room; human beings, mere men and women, without furniture, without anything to offer you, who have ceased to count as anybody, present an embarrassing negation of reasons for wishing to see them, or of subjects on which to converse with them.

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  • Her apology is welcome, but does not negate her inexperience.
  • The contract was negated by bankruptcy.

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