Oh, there is a loneliness which befalls me now and then and it is something more than death.
Pearl S. Buck
They were prisoners, trapped by old ways of life, jailed within the imperial palace. He was no more free than she was. Yet only she could do what she would. If she said she would be Empress, then none could hold her back.
Fate is unalterable only in the sense that given a cause, a certain result must follow, but no cause is inevitable in itself, and man can shape his world if he does not resign himself to ignorance.
We must have hope or starve to death.
To repay evil with kindness is the proof of a good man; a superior man blames himself, a common man blames others.
Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.