Truth is like heat or light; its vibrations are endless, and are endlessly felt.
Nobody who is somebody looks down on anybody.
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.
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.
men love their wives not because of their virtues, but in spite of them.
You can't have genius without patience.
One must desire something to be alive.
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; perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.
... perhaps there is no conceit so arrogant as the conceit which follows a conviction of emancipation.
Books are like sapphires; they must be polished - polished! or else you insult your readers.
When one promise jostles another, one of 'em isn't a promise.
... in a wicked way, it is an incentive to good living to observe the spice of enjoyment there is to a godly soul in a very little sin.
Of all the bitter and heavy things in this sorry old world, the not being necessary is the bitterest and heaviest.
I notice that when people have no sense of responsibility, you call them either criminals or geniuses.
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.
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!
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
A letter is a risky thing; the writer gambles on the reader's frame of mind.
When it comes to bombshells, there are few that can be more effective than that small, flat, frail thing, a letter.
Lawyers make their cake by cooking up other people's troubles.
a short cut to matrimonial unhappiness is not to have the same taste in jokes!
a manufactured interest has no staying quality - especially if it involves any hard work.
Absurdity is the one thing love can't stand; it can overlook anything else, -- coldness, or weakness, or viciousness, -- but just be ridiculous and that's the end of it!
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