Quotes by Edmund Gosse

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Although I was sixteen years of age, and although I was treated with indulgence and affection, I was still but a bird fluttering in the network of my Father's will and incapable of the smallest independent action.

I added that he said we ought to pray for things we needed and that I needed the humming top a great deal more than I did the conversion of the heathen or the restitution of Jerusalem to the Jews, two objects of my nightly supplication which left me very cold.