A cocktail party is a place where you talk with a person you do not know about a subject you have no interest in.
A man who has to be punctually at a certain place at five o'clock has the whole afternoon from one to five ruined for him already.
Anyone who reads a book with a sense of obligation does not understand the art of reading.
Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Businessmen who are busy the whole day and immediately go to bed after supper, snoring like cows, are not likely to contribute anything to culture.
Even in despair, man must laugh.
Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.
I have done my best. That is about all the philosophy of living one needs.
If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
In order to appreciate England one has to have a certain contempt for logic.
It is not so much what you believe in that matters, as the way in which you believe it and proceed to translate that belief into action.
Life is too short to make an over-serious business out of it.
Nothing matters to a man who says nothing matters.
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly what he thinks.
Sometimes it is more important to discover what one cannot do, than what one can do.
Such is human psychology that if we don't express our joy, we soon cease to feel it.
The best that we can hope for in this life is that we shall not have sons and grandsons of whom we need to be ashamed.
The more we justify our beliefs, the more narrow-minded we become.
The only test of a soul's salvation is its inward happiness.
The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
The wise man reads both books and life itself.
The world I believe is far too serious, and being far too serious, is it has need of a wise and merry philosophy.
Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise.
We should not expect people to be good, but should make it impossible for them to be bad.
What is patriotism but the love of the food one ate as a child?
When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.
When there are too many policemen, there can be no liberty. When there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. When there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice.
Why should man bother himself so much about salvation, unless he has a feeling of being doomed?
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