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Dinah Maria Mulock

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Let every one of us cultivate, in every word that issues from our mouth, absolute truth. I say cultivate, because to very few people ó as may be noticed of most young children ó does truth, this rigid, literal veracity, come by nature. To many, even who love it and prize it dearly in others, it comes only after the self-control, watchfulness, and bitter experience of years.
Ch. 8.

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