Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies probably because they are generally the same people.
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
I believe in getting into hot water it keeps you clean.
Virtue is not the absense of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers virtue is a vivid and separate ting, like pain or a particular smell.
Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead. [On his college registration experience]
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
All that we call spirit and art and ecstacy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forgot.
The artistic temperament is a disease that affects amateurs. Artists of a large and wholesome vitality get rid of their art easily, as they breathe easily or perspire easily. But in artists of less force the thing becomes a pressure, and produces def
Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.
The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.