Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.
To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
Heroes are very human, most of them; very easily touched by praise.
People are either born hosts or born guests.
Only the insane take themselves seriously.
To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
Death cancels all engagements.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs.
There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
It distresses me, this failure to keep pace with the leaders of thought, as they pass into oblivion.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind-legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.
Nobody ever died of laughter.
When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
The one real goal of education is to leave a person asking questions.
History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.
The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
For people who like that kind of thing, this is the kind of thing they like.
To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men.
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people.
To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.
The lower one's vitality, the more sensitive one is to great art.
Have you noticed ... there is never any third act in a nightmare? They bring you to a climax of terror and then leave you there. They are the work of poor dramatists.
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