People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
The test of enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.
What I like in a good author is not what he says but what he whispers.
Style is a magic wand, and turns everything to gold that it touches.
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
What humbugs we are, who pretend to live for beauty, and never see the dawn!
An echo of music, a face in the street, the wafer of the new moon, a wanton thought - only in the iridescence of things the vagabond soul is happy.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.
There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
But why wasn't I born, alas, in an age of Adjectives; why can one no longer write of silver-shedding Tears and moon-tailed Peacocks, of eloquent Death, of the Negro and star-enameled Night?
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror.
Growing old is not a gradual decline, but a series of drops, full of sorrow, from one ledge to another below it.
If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag out his dark convictions!
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
One can be bored until boredom becomes a mystical experience.
The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.
Don't laugh at youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.
Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
When elderly invalids meet with fellow-victims of their own ailments, then at last real conversation begins, and life is delicious.
Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you.
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