Happiness is the ability to recognize it.
Nonsense makes the heart grow fonder.
I love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
Actions lie louder than words.
Of two evils choose the prettier.
Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.
'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
Could we bestow the gifts we get,
And keep the ones we give away,
How happy were our Christmas day!
Advice ... is a habit-forming drug. You give a dear friend a bit of advice today, and next week you find yourself advising two or three friends, and the week after, a dozen, and the week following, crowds!
I am more fond of achieving than striving. My theories must prove to be facts or be discarded as worthless. My efforts must soon be crowned with success, or discontinued.
A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
The books we think we ought to read are poky, dull, and dry
The books that we would like to read we are ashamed to buy
The books that people talk about we never can recall
And the books that people give us, oh, they're the worst of all.
A critic is a necessary evil, and criticism is an evil necessity.
Every dogma must have its day.
It is the interest one takes in books that makes a library. And if a library have interest it is; if not, it isn't.
Take care of your common sense, and your dignity will take care of itsself
A fool and his money are soon married.
Wall Street. - The abode of the Brokers and the Broke.
A living gale is better than a dead calm.
When I feel that I'm going to write a detective story, I buy a five pound box of chocolates and a ream of paper. When the candy is all gone and the paper all used up, I know that the book is long enough.
Reward is its own virtue.
A profit is not without honor save in Boston.
One of the first principles of perseverance is to know when to stop persevering.
Patriotism covers a multitude of sins.
What is a magazine? A small body of Literature entirely surrounded by advertisements.
At times there is nothing so unnatural as nature.
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