A dog may be honest without offense to the world in general, but a man must never be honest, unless he wishes to be considered a fool or a madman, or both.
A love affair, to be conducted with spirit and enterprise, should always bristle with opposition and difficulty, real or invented.
A moneyless man if he wins a woman's love knows that such love is genuine and untainted by self-interest; but a rich man can never be truly certain of love at all.
A woman who really loves a man governs him, unconsciously to herself, by the twin powers of sex and instinct. She was intended for his helpmate, to guide him in the right way by her finer forces.
An opinion which excites no opposition at all is not worth having!
An outburst of actual sincerity in society would be like a match to a gunpowder magazine- the whole thing would blow up into fragments and be dispersed to the four winds of heaven, leaving nothing but an evil odor.
Fame is capricious, and her trumpet is not loud enough to be heard all over the world at once.
For though there never was so much reading matter put before the public, there was never less actual 'reading' in the truest and highest sense of the term than there is at present.
Fortune frequently showers her choicest gifts on the most unworthy scoundrels, male and female, that burden this earth's surface. It's odd- it's unfair, but it's true.
Greatness is always envied- it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.
I have never married because I have three pets at home that answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog that growls every morning, a parrot that swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
If a man rushes wilfully into danger, danger will not move itself out of the way for him.
If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of day for braver feet to tread on.
In the renewal of life and the preservation of youth, thought is the chief factor. If we think we are old, we age rapidly. If, on the contrary, we think we are young, we preserve our vitality indefinitely.
Intellectual growth and advancement are seldom, if ever, associated with purely domestic comfort and tranquility.
It is not so difficult to win love as to keep it!
Life itself is a continual battle between good and evil, and if it were not so we should have no object in living. The whole business is evidently intended to be a close conflict to the end.
Man is not by any means supreme. He imagines he is, but that is only one of his many delusions.
Millionaires are generally such appalling creatures. Fortune, while giving them money, frequently deprives them of both brains and personal attractiveness.
No one is contented in this world... There is always something left to desire, and the last thing longed for always seems the most necessary to happiness.
Nobody ever intends to be old.
Nothing gives small minds a better handle for hatred than superiority.
Nothing is so deceptive as human reasoning,- nothing so slippery and reversible as what we have decided to call 'logic.' The truest compass of life is spiritual instinct.
Patriotism is understood to be that virtue which consists in serving one's country; but in what way is this 'Patria' or country served by slaying its able bodied men in thousands?
People always take refuge in thinking that those who tell them uncomfortable truths are lunatics.
Reasonable care of one's self is unselfishness, but anything in excess of reasonable is pure vice.
The financial side is the only view people generally take of any situation.
The Press nowadays is not a literary press; classic diction and brilliancy of style do not distinguish it by any means.
There is no Death,
What seems so is transition.
There is no wealth but love.
There is nothing so depressing as a constant contemplation of one's self, and the greatest moral cowardice in the world's opinion comes from consulting one's own personal convenience.
There is nothing so inconvenient in this world as an absolutely truthful person, who can both speak and write, and has the courage of his convictions.
To lose one's illusions is to lose the world.
Unhappiness simply means life being put to the wrong uses.
Wealth acts merely as a kind of mirror to show you human nature at its worst.
What a fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
What the fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
What was the use of trying to expound a truth, if the majority preferred a lie?
Work is happiness. No one can take my work from me and therefore no one can take my happiness from me.
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