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Uncultivated minds are not full of wild flowers, like uncultivated fields. Villainous weeds grow in them, and they are full of toads.
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.
Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.
Fine writers should split hairs together, and sit side by side, like friendly apes, to pick the fleas from each others fur.
How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true
Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so jointed that they cannot be separated often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
That we should practice what we preach is generally admitted; but anyone who preaches what he and his hearers practice must incur the gravest moral disapprobation.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consists in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
There are two things to aim at in life first, to get what you want and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know
To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.
We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?
When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
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