In England and America, a beard usually means that its owner would rather be considered venerable than virile; on the continent of Europe, it often means that its owner makes a special claim to virility.
There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
Just how difficult it is to write biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the real truth about his or her love affairs.
Topics: Biography, Legacy
Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is.
Men must be capable of imagining and executing and insisting on social change if they are to reform or even maintain civilization, and capable too of furnishing the rebellion which is sometimes necessary if society is not to perish of immobility.
Topics: Correction, Reform
She saw she had fallen into the hands of one of those doctors who have strayed too far from apparent in the direction of the soul.
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.
I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
He is every other inch a gentleman.
We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.
Now different races and nationalities cherish different ideals of society that stink in each other’s nostrils with an offensiveness beyond the power of any but the most monstrous private deed.
Did St Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats.
All men should have a drop of treason in their veins, if nations are not to go soft like so many sleepy pears.
There is a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.
Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
Topics: Feminism, Women
Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person’s mind.
Humanity is never more sphinxlike than when it is expressing itself
Those who foresee the future and recognize it as tragic are often seized by a madness which forces them to commit the very acts which makes it certain that what they dread shall happen.
Topics: Foresight, Confidence
Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology
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