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.
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.
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.
Only the insane take themselves seriously.
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.
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.
Nobody ever died of laughter.
When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
No Roman ever was able to say, 'I dined last night with the Borgias'.
There is in the human race some dark spirit of recalcitrance, always pulling us in the direction contrary to that in which we are reasonably expected to go.
Pessimism does win us great happy moments.
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.
Strange when you come to think of it, that of all countless folk who have lived on this planet, not one is known in history or in legend as having died of laughter.
I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.
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