Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
G. K. Chesterton
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see.
Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
To be clever enough to get all the money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbor.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners.
The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.
Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf ;is better than a whole loaf.
The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
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