there couldn't be war, unless lies were believed. War has to be nourished by lies.
... is there anything more unjust than to build gold and brass and iron on poor, well-meaning clay, -- and then blame the clay when the whole image falls into dust?
Of all the bitter and heavy things in this sorry old world, the not being necessary is the bitterest and heaviest.
moral vanity is the snare of good people.
faith, it seems to me, is not the holding of certain dogmas; it is simply openness and readiness of heart to believe any truth which God may show.
It is useless to deny that, unless one has a genius for imparting knowledge, teaching is a drudgery.
When two duties jostle each other, one of 'em isn't a duty.
the blue and cloudless day closes like the lid of a casket of jewels upon the violet rim of sea, and shuts out the light.
There's one thing that always interests me about you good people, not your certainty that the rest of us are swine, - no doubt we are, - but your certainty that your opinions are pearls.
To talk over a quarrel, with its inevitable accompaniment of self-justification, is too much like handling cobwebs to be very successful.
The anger of slow, mild, loving people has a lasting quality that mere bad-tempered folk cannot understand.
Age, per se, may claim tenderness and pity, but not respect; that only comes when the years have brought humanity and wisdom and the experience that worketh hope.
nothing is as conventional as adolescence.
A sneer is like a flame; it may occasionally be curative because it cauterizes, but it leaves a bitter scar.
Every new truth begins in a shocking heresy.
I have no faith in a human critter who hasn't one or two bad habits.
Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing.
Convictions do not imply reasons.
gossip, after it reaches a certain point of insult and falsehood, becomes a source of amusement to its victims.
By some mysterious method, Susan Carr's gossip gave the listener a gentler feeling towards his kind. When she spoke of her neighbors' faults, one knew that somehow they were simply virtues gone to seed.
we middle-aged folk have the education of life, truly; we know the multiplication table of anxieties and sorrows, the subtraction table of loss, the division table of responsibility.
Some time in our lives every man and woman of us, putting out our hands toward the stars, touch on either side our prison walls the immutable limitations of temperament
When it comes to bombshells, there are few that can be more effective than that small, flat, frail thing, a letter.
Lawyers make their cake by cooking up other people's troubles.
a short cut to matrimonial unhappiness is not to have the same taste in jokes!
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