live beyond my means

“I’ve no doubt it’s uncommonly pleasant for Reardon to shift his responsibilities on to our shoulders. At this rate I think I shall get married, and live beyond my means until I can hold out no longer, and then hand my wife over to her relatives, with my compliments. It’s about the coolest business that ever came under my notice.’”

— George Gissing, New Grub Street

to admire, to marvel, to bless

“How many writers before me have lamented language’s inadequacy at making things visible, at calling forth a truly precise likeness of an individual. Words are made for praise and tribute, they have been granted the power to admire, to marvel, to bless, and to characterize a phenomenon by the emotion it arouses, but not to conjure it up, not to reproduce it.”

— Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus