In a few generations more, there will probably be no room at all allowed for animals on the earth: no need of them, no toleration of them. An immense agony will have then ceased, but with it there will also have passed away the last smile of the world's youth.
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.
The world never leaves one in ignorance or in peace.
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
An easy-going husband is the one indispensable comfort of life.
Friendship is usually treated...as a tough...thing which will survive all manner of bad treatment. But this is an exceedingly great and foolish error; it may die in an hour of a single unwise word.
Great men have always had dogs.
Friendship needs to be rooted in respect, but love can live upon itself alone
Most crimes are sanctioned in some form or other when they take grand names.
The radical defect in Christianity is that it tried to win the world by a bribe, and it has become a nullity.
It is the north wind that lashes men into Vikings; it is the soft, luscious south wind which lulls them to lotus dreams.
Imagination without culture is crippled and moves slowly; but it can be pure imagination, and rich also, as folk-lore will tell the vainest.
Genius cannot escape the taint of its time more than a child the influence of its begetting.
The scorn of genius is the most arrogant and the most boundless of all scorn.
Fame! it is the flower of a day, that dies when the next sun rises.
What is failure except feebleness? And what is it to miss one's mark except to aim widely and weakly?
It is only to those who have never lived that death ever can seems beautiful.
The heart of silver falls ever into the hands of brass. The sensitive herb is eaten as grass by the swine.
Charity is a flower not naturally of earthly growth, and it needs manuring with a promise of profit.
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.
Indifference is the invincible grant of the world.
The bread of bitterness is the food on which men grow to their fullest stature; the waters of bitterness are the debatable ford through which they reach the shores of wisdom; the ashes boldly grasped and eaten without faltering are the price that must be paid for the golden fruit of knowledge.
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.
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