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.
People are either born hosts or born guests.
Heroes are very human, most of them; very easily touched by praise.
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs.
Men prominent in life are mostly hard to converse with. They lack small-talk, and at the same time one doesn't like to confront them with their own great themes.
Undergraduates owe their happiness chiefly to the consciousness that they are no longer at school. The nonsense which was knocked out of them at school is all put gently back at Oxford or Cambridge.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
Only the insane take themselves seriously.
"After all," as a pretty girl once said to me, "women are a sex by themselves, so to speak."
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.
Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
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.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
Death cancels all engagements.
Nobody ever died of laughter.
When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
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.
Great men are but life-sized. Most of them, indeed, are rather short.
What a lurid life Oscar Wilde does lead - so full of extraordinary incidents. What a chance for the memoir writers of the next century
Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
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