Truth is like heat or light; its vibrations are endless, and are endlessly felt.
Twenty-five years ago, Christmas was not the burden that it is now; there was less haggling and weighing, less quid pro quo, less fatigue of body, less weariness of soul; and, most of all, there was less loading up with trash.
Nobody who is somebody looks down on anybody.
I have heard that a man might be his own lawyer, but you can't be your own judge.
As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.
You can't have genius without patience.
One must desire something to be alive.
One must desire something to be alive; perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.
A pint can't hold a quart - if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.
nothing may be more selfish than remorse ...
I notice that when people have no sense of responsibility, you call them either criminals or geniuses.
it's better to be crazy on one point and happy, than sane on all points and unhappy.
In connection with death, or birth, or love, modesty is only a rather puerile self-consciousness.
conceit is the devil's horse, and reformers generally ride it when they are in a hurry.
silence is very moving to youth, for who knows what it hides?
Grandmother belongs to the generation of women who were satisfied to have men retain their vices, if they removed their hats.
Books are like sapphires; they must be polished - polished! or else you insult your readers.
we middle-aged folk have the education of life, truly; we know the multiplication table of anxieties and sorrows, the subtraction table of loss, the division table of responsibility.
A letter is a risky thing; the writer gambles on the reader's frame of mind.
When one promise jostles another, one of 'em isn't a promise.
Of all the bitter and heavy things in this sorry old world, the not being necessary is the bitterest and heaviest.
Some time in our lives every man and woman of us, putting out our hands toward the stars, touch on either side our prison walls the immutable limitations of temperament
There is a bond, it appears, between mother and child which endures as long as they do. It is independent of love; reason cannot weaken it; hate cannot destroy it.
there are few things that are more endearing than the grace of listening with attention; indeed, it is more than endearing, it is impressive - for no one knows what wisdom lies concealed in silence!
What I object to in Mother is that she wants me to think her thoughts. Apart from the question of hypocrisy, I prefer my own.
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