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.
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.
People are either born hosts or born guests.
Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
Only the insane take themselves seriously.
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.
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
It distresses me, this failure to keep pace with the leaders of thought, as they pass into oblivion.
There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs.
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.
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.
History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.
The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
Every one, even the richest and most munificent of men, pays much by cheque more light-heartedly than he pays little in specie.
Zuleika, on a desert island, would have spent most of her time in looking for a man's footprint.
The most perfect caricature is that which, on a small surface, with the simplest means, most accurately exaggerates, to the highest point, the peculiarities of a human being, at his most characteristic moment in the most beautiful manner.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character.
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