After spending a week in Cape Town, finding that they overcharged me at the hotel, and having seen everything there was to see, including the botanical gardens, which seem to me likely to confer a great benefit on the country, and the new Houses of Parliament, which I expect will do nothing of the sort, I determined to go back to Natal.
Chapter 1, "I Meet Sir Henry Curtis"
The food that memory gives to eat is bitter to the taste, and it is only with the teeth of hope that we can bear to bite it.H. Rider Haggard
You lie; you always were a liar, and you always will be a liar.H. Rider Haggard
The great wheel of Fate rolls on like a Juggernaut, and crushes us all in turn, some soon, some lateH. Rider Haggard
There is no loneliness like the loneliness of crowds, especially to those who are unaccustomed to them.H. Rider Haggard
There are things and there are faces which, when felt or seen for the first time, stamp themselves upon the mind like a sun image on a sensitized plate and there remain unalterably fixed.H. Rider Haggard
For he was a merciful man, who loved not slaughter, although his fierce faith drove him from war to war.H. Rider Haggard
My death is very near to me, and of this I am glad, for I desire to pursue the quest in other realms, as it has been promised to me that I shall do.H. Rider Haggard
We white people think that we know everything.H. Rider Haggard
It is awkward to listen to oneself being praised, and I was always a shy man.H. Rider Haggard
I have never observed that the religious are more eager to die than the rest of us poor mortals.H. Rider Haggard
Everything has an end, if only you live long enough to see it.H. Rider Haggard
Altogether, a more miserable trio than we were that evening it would have been difficult to discover; and our only comfort lay in the reflection that we were exceedingly fortunate to be there to feel miserable, instead of being stretched dead upon the plain, as so many thousands of brave men were that night, who had risen well and strong in the morning.H. Rider Haggard
It is easier to destroy knowledge, Ignosi, than to gather it.H. Rider Haggard
I am not a nervous man in a general way, and very little troubled with superstitions, of which I have lived to see the folly.H. Rider Haggard
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