„How often a man has cause to return thanks for the enthusiasms of his friends! They are the little fountains that run down from the hills to refresh the mental desert of the despondent.“

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The Ruling Passion http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/rlpsn10.txt (1901)

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