Petty laws breed great crimes.
Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.
It is quite easy for stupid people to be happy; they believe in fables, and they trot on in a beaten track like a horse on a tramway.
There is a chord in every heart that has a sigh in it if touched aright.
I do not wish to be a coward like the father of mankind and throw the blame upon a woman.
A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
In its permission to man to render subject to him all other living creatures of the earth, it continued the cruelty of the barbarian and the pagan, and endowed these with what appeared a divine authority ...
for what is the gift of the poet and the artist except to see the sights which others cannot see and to hear the sounds that others cannot hear?
Intensely selfish people are always very decided as to what they wish. They do not waste their energies in considering the good of others.
Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.
Count art by gold, and it fetters the feet it once winged.
Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter terrier that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.
Honor is an old-world thing; but it smells sweet to those in whose hand it is strong.
there is no applause that so flatters a man as that which he wrings from unwilling throats ...
Death! It is rest to the aged, it is oblivion to the atheist, it is immortality to the poet!
Music is not a science any more than poetry is. It is a sublime instinct, like genius of all kinds.
Women hope that the dead love may revive; but men know that of all dead things none are so past recall as a dead passion.
Belief of some sort is the lifeblood of Art.
Opposition to a man in love is like oil to fire.
The joy of a strong nature is as cloudless as its suffering is desolate.
You know the Ark of Israel and the calf of Belial were both made of gold. Religion has never yet changed the metal of her one adoration.
A great love is an absolute isolation and an absolute absorption.
Great men always have dogs.
It is only to those who have never lived that death ever can seems beautiful.
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