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.
History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat one another.
People are either born hosts or born guests.
Heroes are very human, most of them; very easily touched by praise.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs.
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
Only the insane take themselves seriously.
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.
I am a Tory anarchist. I should like everyone to go about doing just as he pleased - short of altering any of the things to which I have grown accustomed.
There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
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.
It distresses me, this failure to keep pace with the leaders of thought, as they pass into oblivion.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
"After all," as a pretty girl once said to me, "women are a sex by themselves, so to speak."
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.
Of all the objects of hatred, a woman once loved is the most hateful.
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.
Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
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