If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst.
The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
The fundamental error of their matrimonial union that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling.
Though a good deal is too strange to be believed, nothing is too strange to have happened.
There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.
The social molds civilization fits us into have no more relation to our actual shapes than the conventional shapes of the constellations have to real star patterns
Cruelty is the law pervading all nature and society; and we can't get out of it if we would
My opinion is that a poet should express the emotion of all the ages and the thought of his own
The resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible
Fear is the mother of foresight.
Had other aims than my delight.
I have been looking for god for fifty years and I think if he had existed I should have discovered him
War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in a language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.
Some folk want their luck buttered.
The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people's is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
No one can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure.
A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.
Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change