There are different kinds of wrong. The people sinned against are not always the best.
Real life seems to have no plots.
My youth is escaping without giving me anything it owes me.
A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.
Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth,' said his cousin. 'But we seem to have no other.
As regards plot I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots. And as I think a plot desirable and almost necessary, I have this extra grudge against life.
When I die, people will say it is the best thing for me. It is because they know it is the worst. They want to avoid the feeling of pity. As though they were the people most concerned!
I never know why self-sacrifice is noble. Why is it better to sacrifice oneself than someone else?
A person who can really be called an unselfish person, has no place in life.
Many people misjudge the permanent effect of sorrow, and their capacity to live in the past.
People who have power respond simply. They have no minds but their own.
The most original novelist now writing in English.
There is danger in courage. Cowardice is a power for good. We hardly know what it prevents.
A plot is like the bones of a person, not interesting like expression, or signs of experience, but the support of the whole.
I am ill at ease with people whose lives are an open book.
There isn't much to say. I haven't been at all deedy.
Duty is seldom liked either by the doer or the object ... And why should it be? It is not often of advantage to either.
Magnifying a matter is not the way to mend it.
Dear, dear, the miniature world of the family! All the emotions of mankind seem to find a place in it.
It is not for us to hold ourselves above the position of grateful people. We have to be able to accept. Anything else shows an unwillingness to grant someone else the superior place.
If I were not a child with my parents, they would be more unloving toward me ...
[On writing:] What a difficult kind of work to choose! But of course one did not choose it. There was no choice.
To young people the future is still long.
charm should be on the surface. It has no hidden use.
Most of the pleasure of making a book would go if it held nothing to be shared by other people. I would write for a few dozen people, and sometimes it seems that I do so, but I would not write for no-one.
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