Don't let love interfere with your appetite. It never does with mine.
Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.
Romance is very pretty in novels, but the romance of a life is always a melancholy matter. They are most happy who have no story to tell.
He was essentially a truth-speaking man, if only he know how to speak the truth.
In former days, when there were Whigs instead of Liberals, it was almost a rule of political life that all leading Whigs sould be uncles, brothers-in-law, or cousins to each other. This was pleasant and gave great consistency to the party; but the system has now gone out of vogue.
It may, indeed, be assumed that a man who loses his temper while he is speaking is endeavouring to speak the truth such as he believes it to be, and again it may be assumed that a man who speaks constantly without losing his temper is not always entitled to the same implicit faith.
Perhaps I had better tell you the truth, Mr. Gresham. Oh, certainly, said the Prime Minister, who knew very well that on such occasions nothing could be worse than the telling of disagreeable truths.
He becomes strenuous, energetic, and perhaps eager for what must after all be regarded as success, and at last he fights for a verdict rather than for the truth.
Men and not measures are, no doubt, the very life of politics. But then it is not the fashion to say so in public places.
Men will love to the last, but they love what is fresh and new. A woman's love can live on the recollection of the past, and cling to what is old and ugly.
Flirting I take to be the excitement of love, without its reality, and without its ordinary result in marriage.
The grace and beauty of life will be clean gone when we all become useful men.
An author must be nothing if he do not love truth; a barrister must be nothing if he do.
Nothing reopens the springs of love so fully as absence, and no absence so thoroughly as that which must needs be endless.
There is no royal road to learning no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
A man's love, till it has been chastened and fastened by the feeling of duty which marriage brings with it, is instigated mainly by the difficulty of pursuit.
As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.
What is there that money will not do?
I never knew a government yet that wanted to do anything.
In these days a man is nobody unless his biography is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.
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