The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stouter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than bullets.
Fine writers should split hairs together, and sit side by side, like friendly apes, to pick the fleas from each others fur.
What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
Don't laugh at youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.
Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you.
Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.
Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading ... this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.
A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
How it infuriates a bigot, when he is forced to drag out his dark convictions!
Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.
That we should practice what we preach is generally admitted; but anyone who preaches what he and his hearers practice must incur the gravest moral disapprobation.
There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?
The vitality of a new movement in Art must be gauged by the fury it arouses.
Thank Heaven, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.
Those who talk on the razor-edge of double-meanings pluck the rarest blooms from the precipice on either side.
The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.
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