Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.
Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
By the time a man gets into the seventies his continued existence is a mere miracle.
If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel
The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature.
We are all travellers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend
You can kill the body but not the spirit.
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things
Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.
There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.
A child should always say what's true, And speak when he is spoken to; And behave mannerly at table, At least as far as he is able
Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it, they are wrong
The Devil, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
The existence of a man is so small a thing to take, so mighty a thing to employ
It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves.
Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese - toasted, mostly.