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!
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.
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!
A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
Every dogma must have its day.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
To make a library It takes two volumes And a fire. Two volumes and a fire, And interest. The interest alone will do If logs are few.
We should live and learn; but by the time we've learned, it's too late to live.
A critic is a necessary evil, and criticism is an evil necessity.
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.
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.
You wouldn't believe On All Hallow Eve What lots of fun we can make, With apples to bob, And nuts on the hob, And a ring-and-thimble cake.
I don't believe the half I hear,
Nor the quarter of what I see!
But I have one faith, sublime and true,
That nothing can shake or slay;
Each spring I firmly believe anew
All the seed catalogues say!
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.
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