Such lovely warmth of thought and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise, and equally beyond all thanks!
Nothing gives small minds a better handle for hatred than superiority ...
I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
You should always be well and bright, for so you do your best work; and you have so much beautiful work to do. The world needs it, and you must give it!
religion is poetry, - poetry is religion.
love, if it be love indeed, asks no permission as to where it shall seek vantage ground or gain its victory - it is of all powers the most unfettered and the one which takes the widest course of largest liberty ...
No one is contented in this world, I believe. There is always something left to desire, and the last thing longed for always seems the most necessary to happiness.
Wealth acts merely as a kind of mirror to show you human nature at its worst.
Fame, or notoriety, whichever that special noise may be called when the world like a hound 'gives tongue' and announces that the quarry in some form of genius is at bay, is apt to increase its clamor in proportion to the aloofness of the pursued animal ...
How foolish it would be if women did not obey men. The world would be all confusion!
work is happiness. No one can take my work from me and therefore no one can take my happiness from me.
Years should be nothing to you. Who asked you to count them or consider them? In the world of wild Nature, time is measured by seasons only-the bird does not know how old it is-the rose-tree does not count its birthdays!
Pleasure for others is the only pleasure possible to me. I assure you I'm quite selfish! - I'm greedy for the happiness of those I love - and if they can't or won't be happy I'm perfectly miserable.
nobody ever intends to be old.
Great Poets discover themselves. Little Poets have to be 'discovered' by somebody else.
If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of day for braver feet to tread on.
Flowers are like visible messages from God.
Greatness is always envied - it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.
What a fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
Education! Is it education to teach the young that their chances of happiness depend on being richer than their neighbors? Yet that is what it all tends to. Get on! - be successful!
One of the advantages or disadvantages of the way in which we live in these modern days is that we are ceasing to feel. That is to say we do not permit ourselves to be affected by either death or misfortune, provided these natural calamities leave our own persons unscathed.
The Browning love story? It is an ideal, all too rare, and yet I hardly think it strange. It would have been far stranger had the fates allowed those two brilliant passionate souls to beat themselves out in silence.
There is no wealth but love.
Love clamors far more incessantly and passionately at a closed gate than an open one!
Art is sexless; - good work is eternal, no matter whether it is man or woman who has accomplished it. ... Ah, but the world will never own woman's work to be great even if it be so, because men give the verdict, and man's praise is for himself and his own achievements always.
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