When you choose your friends, don't be short changed by choosing personality over character.
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one's own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody's else advice.
A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.
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.
By the time a man notices that he is no longer young, his youth has long since left him.
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
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.
The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.
It's asking a great deal that things should appeal to your reason as well as your sense of the aesthetic.
I don't know why it is that the religious never ascribe common sense to God.
We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
It is salutary to train oneself to be no more affected by censure than by praise.
I do not confer praise or blame I accept. I am the measure of all things. I am the centre of the world.
Tolerance is another word for indifference.
It's a funny thing about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
Art is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.
He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species.
To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
The nature of men and women their essential nature is so vile and despicable that if you were to portray a person as he really is, no one would believe you.
We do not write because we want to we write because we have to.
People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.