There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.
Our first and last love is... self-love.
Christian Nevell Bovee
The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.
Your next-door neighbor is not a man; he is an environment. He is the barking of a dog; he is the noise of a piano; he is a dispute about a party wall; he is drains that are worse than yours, or roses that are better than yours.
G. K. Chesterton
Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords. Lords without anger and honor, who dare not carry their swords. They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes; They look at our labor and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober.
My country, right or wrong is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying My mother, drunk or sober.
But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.
If the barricades went up in our streets and the poor became masters, I think the priests would escape, I fear the gentlemen would; but I believe the gutters would simply be running with the blood of philanthropists.
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it.
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
New roads; new ruts.
A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything except his reason.
A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.
The worst of work nowadays is what happens to people when they cease to work.
One shouldn't talk of halters in the hanged man's house.
Miguel de Cervantes
'Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.
Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
True valor lies between cowardice and rashness.
That which costs little is less valued.
The gratification of wealth is not found in mere possession or in lavish expenditure, but in its wise application.
Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.
Tenderness is a virtue.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
Everyone lives by selling something.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.
All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
To make our idea of morality center on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow-men a secret element of gusto.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catch words.
The world is full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.
For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
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