Painting and music were the only things I worked at industriously and faithfully.
Music Painting Worked
My emotions lose their force when I endeavor to interpret them, and my words seem very inept.
Inept Seem Endeavor
It seems to me that it will be very wearisome to be a man.
Seems Me Will
My books were always full of ink blots, always stained and covered with smeared sketches and pictures, which one draws idly when his attention wanders from his task.
Idly Stained Always
And all around is the desert; a corner of the mournful kingdom of sand.
Mournful Around Corner
Egypt, the Egypt of antiquity, at a later time, exercised a mysterious fascination over me. I recognized a picture of it immediately, without hesitation and astonishment, in an illustrated magazine.
I am surprised that I cannot recall whether my desire to become a minister transformed itself into a wish to lead the more militant life of missionary, by a slow process or suddenly.
Recall Desire Surprised
The moon of a bright silver, which dazzles by its shining, illumines a world which surely is no longer ours; for it resembles in nothing what may be seen in other lands.
Bright Moon Other Lands
The pyramid once passed there was still a short way to go before we confronted the Sphinx, in the middle of what our contemporaries have left him of his desert.
Short Once Contemporaries
Through the study of fossils I had already been initiated into the mysteries of prehistoric creations.
Study Fossils Mysteries
I was at that time like a fledgling swallow living high up in a niche in the eaves, who from time to time peeps out over the top of its nest with its little bright eyes.
Who From Time To Time High
I do not exactly remember at what period I started my museum which absorbed so much of my time.
Museum Much Started