The world doesn't come to the clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate, one-idea-at-a-time people.
Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation.
It takes a good many years and some pretty hard knocks to make people tolerant.
Every crucial experience can be regarded either as a setback, or the start of a wonderful new adventure, it depends on your perspective!
People that trust themselves a dozen miles from the city, in strange houses, with servants they don't know, needn't be surprised if they wake up some morning and find their throats cut.
What a tragedy it was that the only thing age could offer to youth was its own experience, and that the experiences of others were never profitable.
That is the tragedy of growing old, Chris. You don't leave the world. It leaves you.
every act of one's life is the unavoidable result of every act that has preceded it.
[On fishing:] Greatest rest in the world for the brain.
when knowledge comes in at the door, fear and superstition fly out of the window.
Well, that was life. It was an old tree, and the old passed on. Probably they did not mind. There came a time when all sap ran slowly, and the peace of age with all things behind it merged easily into the peace of death. The difficult thing was to be young.
there comes a time when ambition ceases to burn, or romance to stir, and the highest cry of the human heart is for peace.
because we are always staring at the stars, we learn the shortness of our arms.
All houses in which men have lived and suffered and died are haunted houses.
Every crucial experience can be regarded as a setback - or a start of a new kind of development. [You have the responsibility to decide if you will see it as a bad setback or good start!]
there is no truly honest autobiography.
A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over.
Conflict is the very essence of life.
It is only in his head that man is heroic; in the pit of his stomach he is always a coward.
It's money that brings trouble. It always has and it always will.
Suspicion is like the rain. It falls on the just and on the unjust.
Men were not equal in the effort they made, nor did equal efforts bring equal result. ... Equality of opportunity, yes. Equality of effort and result, no.
It was said of Miss Letitia that when money came into her possession it went out of circulation.
The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.
Curious, how one remembered Christmas. Perhaps because other days might appeal to the head, but this one appealed to the heart.
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