I have met charming people, lots who would be charming if they hadn’t got a complex about the British and everyone has pleasant and cheerful manners and I like most of the American voices. On the other hand I don’t believe they have any God and their hats are frightful. On balance I prefer the Arabs.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
The slightest living thing answers a deeper need than all the works of man because it is transitory. It has an evanescence of life, or growth, or change: it passes, as we do, from one stage to another, from darkness to darkness, into a distance where we, too, vanish out of sight. A work of art is static; and its value and its weakness lie in being so: but the tuft of grass and the clouds above it belong to our own traveling brotherhood.
Topics: Change, Life and Living
Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.
Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle.
On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world-art, or philosophy, or learning-regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.
Time is the sea in which men grow, are born, or die.
Topics: Time Management
Christmas … is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart…
The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Angela Thirkell English Novelist
- Evelyn Scott American Novelist
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Hungarian-American Biochemist
- Lillian Gish American Actress
- Dorothy L. Sayers English Novelist, Playwright
- Frank A. Vanderlip American Banker
- Gerard Manley Hopkins English Poet
- Mao Zedong Chinese Statesman
- Henri Becquerel French Physicist
- Rose Blumkin American Entrepreneur