there are few things that are more endearing than the grace of listening with attention; indeed, it is more than endearing, it is impressive - for no one knows what wisdom lies concealed in silence!
Anger as well as love casts out fear.
conceit is the devil's horse, and reformers generally ride it when they are in a hurry.
... when personal happiness conflicts with any great human ideal, the right to claim such happiness is as nothing compared to the privilege of resigning it.
as I get older there is nothing more constantly astonishing to me than the goodness of the Bad; - unless it is the badness of the Good.
Absurdity is the one thing love can't stand; it can overlook anything else, -- coldness, or weakness, or viciousness, -- but just be ridiculous and that's the end of it!
men love their wives not because of their virtues, but in spite of them.
I have heard that a man might be his own lawyer, but you can't be your own judge.
Real divorce takes place without a decree.
When one promise jostles another, one of 'em isn't a promise.
silence is very moving to youth, for who knows what it hides?
... there must be reserves -- except with God. The human soul is solitary. But for confession that is different; justice and reparation sometimes demand it; but, again, justice and courage sometimes forbid it.
... some of the things floating about in the Well of Memory are not worth recording.
Grandmother belongs to the generation of women who were satisfied to have men retain their vices, if they removed their hats.
I notice that when people have no sense of responsibility, you call them either criminals or geniuses.
... Love never forgets; or if it does, it is an imperfect love, like the beautiful love of a dog, faithful and unreasoning.
... it is curious how fatal it is, either to a situation or to an individual, or even to a name, if in an evil moment it becomes funny.
Books are like sapphires; they must be polished - polished! or else you insult your readers.
... safety that depends on an apron-string is very unsafe!
Age, with shamefaced relief, has learned the solvent quality of Time. It is this quality which makes possible the contemplation of certain embarrassing heavenly reunions.
I've always thought the law ought to put on spectacles, it has mighty poor eyesight once in a while.
There is no embarrassment quite like the embarrassment of listening to a person for whom one has a regard making a fool of himself.
Fighting should be left to dogs and cats and chickens, who can't reason.
... perhaps there is no conceit so arrogant as the conceit which follows a conviction of emancipation.
... in a wicked way, it is an incentive to good living to observe the spice of enjoyment there is to a godly soul in a very little sin.
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