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.
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
Only the insane take themselves seriously.
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.
To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
Death cancels all engagements.
All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
It distresses me, this failure to keep pace with the leaders of thought, as they pass into oblivion.
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.
When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
Nobody ever died of laughter.
I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
No Roman ever was able to say, 'I dined last night with the Borgias'.
Most women are not as young as they are painted.
It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
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