Each venture is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate with shabby equipment always deteriorating in the general mess of imprecision of feeling.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity
Art never improves, but . . . the material of art is never quite the same.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
There is one order of beauty which seems made to turn heads. It is a beauty like that of kittens, or very small downy ducks making gentle rippling noises with their soft bills, or babies just beginning to toddle.
What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
When we read of human beings behaving in certain ways, with the approval of the author, who gives his benediction to this behavior by his attitude towards the result of the behavior arranged by himself, we can be influenced towards behaving in the sa
The communication of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
To approach the stranger is to invite the unexpected, release a new force, let the genie out of the bottle. It is to start a new train of events that is beyond your control...
My own experience and development deepen everyday my conviction that our moral progress may be measured by the degree in which we sympathize with individual suffering and individual joy.
We might remind ourselves that criticism is as inevitable as breathing, and that we should be none the worse for articulating what passes in our minds when we read a book and feel an emotion about it, for criticizing our own minds in their work of cr
When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.
If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby it.
Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment.
Here undoubtedly lies the chief poetic energy: --in the force of imagination that pierces or exalts the solid fact, instead of floating among cloud-pictures.
Those who trust us educate us.
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
In my end is my beginning.
I do not approve the extermination of the enemy; the policy of exterminating or, as it is barbarously said, liquidating enemies, is one of the most alarming developments of modern war and peace, from the point of view of those who desire the survival
We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.
I'm proof against that word failure. I've seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.
There is nothing that will kill a man so soon as having nobody to find fault with but himself.