A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.
The art of the dramatist is very like the art of the architect. A plot has to be built up just as a house is built-story after story; and no edifice has any chance of standing unless it has a broad foundation and a solid frame.
To be clear is the first duty of a writer; to charm and to please are graces to be acquired later.
Be brief, be buoyant, and be brilliant.
Give a good deed the credit of a good motive; and give an evil deed the benefit of the doubt.
A gentleman need not know Latin, but he should at least have forgotten it.
When I have no idea, I gnaw my nails and invoke the aid of Providence.
There is a homely directness about these rustic apothegms which makes them far more palatable than the strained and sophisticated epigrams of the characters of Oscar Wilde's plays, who are ever striving strenuously to dazzle us with verbal pyrotechnics.
In every artist we can perceive a man with both a message and a method. His message may be innate in him, but his method he has to acquire from others.
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