When writing comedy, you have to have the confidence to believe that there is only one type of relationship in the world, and we are all having it, that all men behave in the same way and so do all women.
Politeness is as much concerned in answering letters within a reasonable time, as it is in returning a bow, immediately.
Grief is a bad moon, a sleeper wave. It's like having an inner combatant, a saboteur who, at the slightest change in the sunlight, or at the first notes of a jingle for a dog food commercial, will flick the memory switch, bringing tears to your eyes.
Most maxim-mongers have preferred the prettiness to the justness of a thought, and the turn to the truth; but I have refused myself to everything that my own experience did not justify and confirm.
Power and speed be hands and feet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope is the dream of a waking man.
Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
There is humor in the specter of the worst disaster in our nation's history. All I have to do is sweep away the debris of shock to find it.
A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity speech is shallow as Time.
For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the House right now seems to have been strangled by the tea party.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Prepare yourself for the world, as the athletes used to do for their exercise; oil your mind and your manners, to give them the necessary suppleness and flexibility; strength alone will not do.
Friendship... is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.
The feeling of your baby taking nourishment from your body for the first time is amazing, and it remains the most touching moment of my life.
Ceremony is necessary as the outwork and defense of manners.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
The truth is lived, not taught.
A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about, nor trusts them with, serious matters.
Every person is a God in embryo. Its only desire is to be born.
Candor is a compliment it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.
I find, by experience, that the mind and the body are more than married, for they are most intimately united; and when one suffers, the other sympathizes.
Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.
Aaron Pryor wants to get into the ring with me. He wants to be able to retire, and he will. For health reasons.
Sugar Ray Leonard
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
Women are much more sensitive. We know that emotionally but their organs respond to the same degree.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
Scientific research and other studies have demonstrated that arts education can enhance American students' math and language skills and improve test scores which in turn increase chances of higher education and good jobs in the future.
Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
My progress was rendered delightful by the sylvan elegance of the groves, chearful meadows, and high distant forests, which in grand order presented themselves to view.
Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.
Much of what Tea Party candidates claimed about the world and the global economy during the 2010 elections would have earned their adherents a well-deserved F in any freshman economics (or earth science) class.
If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.
Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.
For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect and admiration of their father, who grew up with them.
Robert B. Parker
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