A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember.
Nowhere are prejudices more mistaken for truth, passion for reason and invective for documentation than in politics.
I am as content to die for God's eternal truth on the scaffold as in any other way.
No man, with a man's heart in him gets far on his way without some bitter, soul-searching disappointment. Happy is he who is brave enough to push on to another stage of the journey.
Charm is a glow within a woman which casts a most becoming light on others.
Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own.
It is in the hard rockpile labour of seeking to win, hold, or deserve a reader's interest that the pleasant agony of writing comes in.
The comic book is the marijuana of the nursery, the bane of the bassinet, the horror of the home, the curse of the kids and a threat to the future.
Even when the facts are available, most people seem to prefer the legend, and refuse to believe the truth when it in any way dislodges the myth.
So often we rob tomorrow's memories by today's economies.
America is a land where men govern, but women rule.
The purpose of writing is to hold a mirror to nature, but too much today is written from small mirrors in vanity cases.
She knows what is the best purpose of education: not to be frightened by the best but to treat it as part of daily life.
He played the king as if afraid someone else would play the ace.
To many people, dramatic criticism must seem like an attempt to tattoo soap bubbles.
Most people spend most of their days doing what they do not want to do in order to earn the right, at times, to do what they may desire.
So much of TV seems to be chewing gum for the eyes.... TV desperately needs more self-reliance and pride in the medium.
What happiness is, no person can say for another. But no one, I am convinced, can be happy who lives only for himself. The joy of living comes from immersion in something that we know to be bigger, better, more enduring and worthier than we are.
I am ready any time. Do not keep me waiting.
The more one has seen of the good, the more one asks for the better.
No one is worthy of a good home here or in heaven that is not willing to be in peril for a good cause.
Friendship should be a private pleasure, not a public boast. I loathe those braggarts who are forever trying to invest themselves with importance by calling important people by their first names in or out of print. Such first-naming for effect makes me cringe.
I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood.
The critic is a man who prefers the indolence of opinion to the trials of action.
God spare me sclerosis of the curiosity, for the curiosity which craves to keep us informed about the small things no less than the large is the mainspring, the dynamo, the jet propulsion of all complete living.
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