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.
I do not wish to be a coward like the father of mankind and throw the blame upon a woman.
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.
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.
Talent wears well, genius wears itself out; talent drives a snug brougham in fact; genius, a sun-chariot in fancy.
The art of pleasing is more based on the art of seeming pleased than people think of, and she disarmed the prejudices of her enemies by the unaffected delight she appeared to take in themselves.
Power is sweet, and when you are a little clerk you love its sweetness quite as much as if you were an emperor, and maybe you love it a good deal more.
I have known men who have been sold and bought a hundred times, who have only got very fat and very comfortable in the process of exchange.
The fire of true enthusiasm is like the fires of Baku, which no water can ever quench, and which burn steadily on from night to day, and year to year, because their well-spring is eternal.
Excess always carries its own retribution.
Youth without faith is a day without sun.
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.
Sport inevitably creates deadness of feeling. No one could take pleasure in it who was sensitive to suffering; and therefore its pursuit by women is much more to be regretted than its pursuit by men, because women pursue much more violently and recklessly what they pursue at all.
The song that we hear with our ears is only the song that is sung in our hearts.
A pipe is a pocket philosopher,--a truer one than Socrates, for it never asks questions. Socrates must have been very tiresome, when one thinks of it.
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