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She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.

A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
They always win who side with God.
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
A book should be luminous not voluminous.
Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.
Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.
Writers are the main landmarks of the past.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.
Every murderer is probably somebody's old friend.
I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.
To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Turn up the lights. I don't want to go home in the dark.
I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.
There's always something fishy about the French.
All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream.
I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.
The writer who neglects punctuation, or mispunctuates, is liable to be misunderstood for the want of merely a comma, it often occurs that an axiom appears a paradox, or that a sarcasm is converted into a sermonoid.
Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Genius is sorrow's child.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
From politics it was an easy step to silence.
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.

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