Truth is like heat or light; its vibrations are endless, and are endlessly felt.
Nobody who is somebody looks down on anybody.
Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.
As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.
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.
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.
One must desire something to be alive.
You can't have genius without patience.
A letter is a risky thing; the writer gambles on the reader's frame of mind.
men love their wives not because of their virtues, but in spite of them.
I have heard that a man might be his own lawyer, but you can't be your own judge.
a great moment raises most of the people who experience it, to its own level; and that is why they do not always recognize its greatness - or their own.
Grief is the price Love pays for being in the same world with Death.
Nature is perfectly impartial. Brain has no sex!
The fact is, the secret of happiness is the sense of proportion.
By some mysterious method, Susan Carr's gossip gave the listener a gentler feeling towards his kind. When she spoke of her neighbors' faults, one knew that somehow they were simply virtues gone to seed.
the attempt to break a habit of years is necessarily experimental.
Habit does much to reconcile us to unpleasantness.
... if a man really and truly believed that black was white, you might advise him to see an oculist, but you mustn't call him a liar.
If you are kind to an enemy, you cannot hate him.
... there must be reserves -- except with God. The human soul is solitary. But for confession that is different; justice and reparation sometimes demand it; but, again, justice and courage sometimes forbid it.
I've always thought the law ought to put on spectacles, it has mighty poor eyesight once in a while.
Age, with shamefaced relief, has learned the solvent quality of Time. It is this quality which makes possible the contemplation of certain embarrassing heavenly reunions.
... safety that depends on an apron-string is very unsafe!
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