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.
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.
As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it.
A letter is a risky thing; the writer gambles on the reader's frame of mind.
You can't have genius without patience.
One must desire something to be alive; perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.
One must desire something to be alive.
I have heard that a man might be his own lawyer, but you can't be your own judge.
A pint can't hold a quart - if it holds a pint it is doing all that can be expected of it.
men love their wives not because of their virtues, but in spite of them.
It is useless to deny that, unless one has a genius for imparting knowledge, teaching is a drudgery.
When two duties jostle each other, one of 'em isn't a duty.
Real divorce takes place without a decree.
the blue and cloudless day closes like the lid of a casket of jewels upon the violet rim of sea, and shuts out the light.
the profession of the ministry is like matrimony: if it is possible for you to keep out of it, it's a sign that you've no business to go into it!
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.
There's one thing that always interests me about you good people, not your certainty that the rest of us are swine, - no doubt we are, - but your certainty that your opinions are pearls.
To talk over a quarrel, with its inevitable accompaniment of self-justification, is too much like handling cobwebs to be very successful.
The anger of slow, mild, loving people has a lasting quality that mere bad-tempered folk cannot understand.
Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing.
Convictions do not imply reasons.
There isn't any virtue where there has never been any temptation.
The insolence of time is like a blow in the face from an unseen enemy.
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