I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.
Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
I believe it is customary to get one's washing over first in baths and bask afterwards; personally, I bask first. I have discovered that the first few minutes are the best and not to be wasted-- my brain always seethes with ideas and life suddenly looks much better than did.
But some characters in books are really real--Jane Austen's are; and I know those five Bennets at the opening of Pride and Prejudice, simply waiting to raven the young men at Netherfield Park, are not giving one thought to the real facts of marriage.
extreme happiness invites religion almost as much as extreme misery.
It came to me that Hyde Park has never belonged to London - that it has always been , in spirit, a stretch of countryside; and that it links the Londons of all periods together most magically - by remaining forever unchanged at the heart of a ever-changing town.
Like many other much-loved humans, they believed that they owned their dogs, instead of realizing that their dogs owned them.
And no bathroom on earth will make up for marrying a bearded man you hate.
I shouldn't think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.
Walking down Belmotte was the oddest sensation-- every step took us deeper into the mist until at last it closed over our heads. It was like being drowned in the ghost of water.
Everything in the least connected with him has value for me; if someone even mentions his name it is like a little present to me-and I long to mention it myself
Certain unique books seem to be without forerunners or successors as far as their authors are concerned. Even though they may profoundly influence the work of other writers, for their creator they're complete, not leading anywhere.
People's clothes ought to be buried with them.
I only want to write. And there's no college for that except life.
I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.
I am a restlessness inside a stillness inside a restlessness.
When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it.
Perhaps watching someone you love suffer can teach you even more than suffering yourself can.
I like seeing people when they can't see me.
Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.
Perhaps if I make myself write I shall find out what is wrong with me.
Why is summer mist romantic and autumn mist just sad?
What a tiny list of friends I have! All my fault. I less and less want to see people.
And who says you always have to understand things? You can like them without understanding them -- like 'em better sometimes.
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