There are two reasons for drinking wine...when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it... prevention is better than cure.
The juice of the grape is the liquid quintessence of concentrated sunbeams.
... where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything that exalts, delights, or adorns humanity, we have nothing but cant, cant, cant.
The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.
Clouds on clouds, in volumes driven, curtain round the vault of heaven.
I never failed to convince an audience that the best thing they could do was to go away.
My quarrel with him is, that his works contain nothing worth quoting; and a book that furnishes no quotations, is me judice, no book,—it is a plaything.
In a bowl to sea went wise men three,
On a brilliant night of June:
They carried a net, and their hearts were set
On fishing up the moon.
Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.
They have poisoned the Thames and killed the fish in the river. A little further development of the same wisdom and science will complete the poisoning of the air, and kill the dwellers on the banks. I almost think it is the destiny of science to exterminate the human race.
My thoughts by night are often filled With visions false as fair: For in the past alone, I build My castles in the air.
But still my fancy wanders free
Through that which might have been.
The critic does his utmost to blight genius in his infancy.
Tea, late dinners and the French Revolution. I cannot exactly see the connection of ideas.
I like the immaterial world. I like to live among thoughts and images of the past and the possible, and even of the impossible, now and then.
I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race.
Not drunk is he who from the floor - Can rise alone and still drink more; But drunk is They, who prostrate lies, Without the power to drink or rise.
Man yields to death; and man's sublimest works
Must yield at length to Time.
Time is lord of thee:
Thy wealth, thy glory, and thy name are his.
He kept at true good humor's mark The social flow of pleasure's tide: He never made a brow look dark, Nor caused a tear, but when he died.
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book - it is a plaything.
Seamen three! what men be ye?
Gotham's three Wise Men we be.
Whither in your bowl so free?
To rake the moon from out the sea.
The bowl goes trim. The moon doth shine,
And our ballast is old wine.
When Scythrop grew up, he was sent, as usual, to a public school, where a little learning was painfully beaten into him, and from thence to the university, where it was carefully taken out of him.
Laughter ispleasant, butthe exertion istoomuchfor me.
Sir, I have quarrelled with my wife; and a man who has quarrelled with his wife is absolved from all duty to his country.
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