Alas! How few of Nature’s faces are left alone to gladden us with their beauty! The cares, and sorrows, and hungerings of the world, change them as they change hearts; and it is only when passions sleep, and have lost their hold for ever, that the troubled clouds pass of, and leave Heaven’s surface clear.

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist (via effervesce)

One’s duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and not accept all the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert