It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
Old friends are generally the refuge of unsociable persons.
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.
By its very looseness, by its way of evoking rather than defining, suggesting rather than saying, English is a magnificent vehicle for emotional poetry.
She was one of those people who said “I don’t know anything about music, but I know what I like.”
How many charming talents have been spoiled by the instilled desire to do ‘important’ work! Some people are born to lift heavy weights. Some are born to juggle with golden balls.
The loveliest face in all the world will not please you if you see it suddenly eye to eye, at a distance of half an inch from your own.
It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
Every one, even the richest and most munificent of men, pays much by cheque more light-heartedly than he pays little in specie.
They were a tense and peculiar family, the Oedipuses, weren’t they?
Nobody ever died of laughter.
The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
Only the insane take themselves quite seriously.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.
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