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I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.Effort More
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Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.Aphorisms and Epigrams More
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American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.Perfection More
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It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.Expectation More
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Sentimentality is the only sentiment that rubs you the wrong way.Feeling More
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What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
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Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
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The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth and maturity. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquillity of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
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It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.
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Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.
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If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
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There are two good things in life -- freedom of thought and freedom of action.
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Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
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Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.Excess More
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new! Only a mediocre person is always at his best.Excellence More
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There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.Evil More
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Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.Beauty More
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I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.People More
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I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum.Colleges and Universities More
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When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch's statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
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You can do anything in this world if you are prepares to take the consequences.Consequences More
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The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
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The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties.
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Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.Death and Dying More
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Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.Tradition More
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Tolerance is only another name for indifference.Tolerance More
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The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.Beauty More
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Death doesn't affect the living because it has not happened yet. Death doesn't concern the dead because they have ceased to exist.Death and Dying More
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It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.Suffering More
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The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous, on the contrary, it makes them for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people bitter and cruel.Success More
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There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
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You know what the critics are. If you tell the truth they only say you're cynical and it does an author no good to get a reputation for cynicism.Critics and Criticism More
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Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.
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Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.Common sense More
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Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.Common sense More
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It seems that the creative faculty and the critical faculty cannot exist together in their highest perfection.Creativity More
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Lady Hodmarsh and the duchess immediately assumed the clinging affability that persons of rank assume with their inferiors in order to show them that they are not in the least conscious of any difference in station between them.Class More
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No egoism is so insufferable as that of the Christian with regard to his soul.Christians and Christianity More
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People who ask for your criticism want only praise.Critics and Criticism More
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I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.Books and Reading More
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You know that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.Adultery More
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No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.Books - Bestsellers More
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It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who has lost it.Youth More
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What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.Speech More
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Few misfortunes can befall a boy which bring worse consequences than to have a really affectionate mother.Mother More
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The world is quickly bored by the recital of misfortune, and willing avoids the sight of distress.Misfortunes More
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Love is what happens to a man and woman who don't know each other.Love More
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The great critic must be a philosopher, for from philosophy he will learn serenity, impartiality, and the transitoriness of human things.Literary criticism More
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You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.Laughter More
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Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.Hypocrisy More
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