Such lovely warmth of thought and delicacy of colour are beyond all praise, and equally beyond all thanks!
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.
Flowers are like visible messages from God.
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!
There is no wealth but love.
The Church is a system, - but whether it is as much founded on the teaching of our Lord, who was divine, as on the teaching of St. Paul, who was not divine, is a question to me of much perplexity.
Nothing gives small minds a better handle for hatred than superiority ...
Wealth acts merely as a kind of mirror to show you human nature at its worst.
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.
What a fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
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 ...
religion is poetry, - poetry is religion.
Greatness is always envied - it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.
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.
For though there never was so much reading matter put before the public, there was never less actual 'reading' in the truest and highest sense of the term than there is at present.
nobody ever intends to be old.
Great Poets discover themselves. Little Poets have to be 'discovered' by somebody else.
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 ...
Love clamors far more incessantly and passionately at a closed gate than an open one!
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!
How foolish it would be if women did not obey men. The world would be all confusion!
There is nothing so depressing as a constant contemplation of one's self, and the greatest moral cowardice in the world's opinion comes from consulting one's own personal convenience.
Let me be mad, then, by all means! mad with the madness of Absinthe, the wildest, most luxurious madness in the world! Vive la folie! Vive l'amour! Vive l'animalisme! Vive le Diable!
An opinion which excites no opposition at all is not worth having!
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