Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.
That long drip of human tears.
If all hearts were open and all desires known—as they would be if people showed their souls—how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
Topics: Candor, Sincerity
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.
Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
Don’t you go believing in sayings, Picotee: they are all made by men, for their own advantages. Women who use public proverbs as a guide through events are those who have not ingenuity enough to make private ones as each event occurs.
Topics: Proverbial Wisdom, Proverbs
Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
Yes; quaint and curious a war is! You shoot a fellow down you’d treat if met where any bar is, or help to half a crown.
Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child’s play.
Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
He had reached the time of life at which “young” ceases to be the prefix of man.
The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it. To some men of early performance it is useless. To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
Do not do an immoral thing for moral reasons.
Persons with weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.
Well: what we gain by science is, after all, sadness, as the Preacher saith. The more we know of the laws and nature of the Universe the more ghastly a business we perceive it all to be—and the non-necessity of it.
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
That man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.
Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have sat us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!
But ranged as infantry,
And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
And killed him in his place.
I shot him dead because—
Because he was my foe,
Just so: my foe of course he was;
That’s clear enough; although
He thought he
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