A world full of mortifications

"The world is full of mortifications, and to endure, or to sink under them, makes all the distinction between the noble or the weak-minded."

the elegant Mrs. Delvile to Cecilia; Mrs. Delvile knows Cecilia is enduring the mortification of having to give up her affection for her son, Mortimer Delvile
Fanny Burney’s Cecilia, volume 3, book 6, chapter 11

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