The world doesn't come to the clever folks, it comes to the stubborn, obstinate, one-idea-at-a-time people.
Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation.
Of one thing the reader can be certain: the more easily anything reads, the harder it has been to write.
The one pleasure that never palls is the pleasure of not going to church.
Every crucial experience can be regarded either as a setback, or the start of a wonderful new adventure, it depends on your perspective!
I have never learned to say 'gas' for gasoline. It seems to me as absurd as if I were to say 'but' for butter.
Girls inevitably grew into women, but something of the boy persisted in every man.
The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.
The greatest weapon in the world ... is ridicule.
People that trust themselves a dozen miles from the city, in strange houses, with servants they don't know, needn't be surprised if they wake up some morning and find their throats cut.
Patience and endurance were not virtues in a woman; they were necessities, forced on her. Perhaps some day things would change and women would renounce them. They would rise up and say: 'We are not patient. We will endure no more.' Then what would happen to the world?
A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it's all over.
Suspicion is like the rain. It falls on the just and on the unjust.
Every crucial experience can be regarded as a setback - or a start of a new kind of development. [You have the responsibility to decide if you will see it as a bad setback or good start!]
when knowledge comes in at the door, fear and superstition fly out of the window.
Men play harder than they work; women work harder than they play.
Love sees clearly, and seeing, loves on. But infatuation is blind; when it gains sight, it dies.
That is the tragedy of growing old, Chris. You don't leave the world. It leaves you.
All houses in which men have lived and suffered and died are haunted houses.
It's money that brings trouble. It always has and it always will.
I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.
Conflict is the very essence of life.
To men and women who want to do things, there is nothing quite so driving as the force of an imprisoned ego. . . . All genius comes from this class.
pretense is the oil that lubricates society.
Love is like the measles, all the worse when it comes late.
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