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The foolish think that nothing is well done, except that which they do themselves.

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
Noise proves nothing, Often a hen who has laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.
Amateurs hope, professionals work.
When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.
I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
Teach only love for that is what you are.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Love means the body, the soul, the life, the entire being. We feel love as we feel the warmth of our blood, we breathe love as we breathe air, we hold it in ourselves as we hold our thoughts. Nothing more exists for us.
Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?
Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. -
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone, you don't.
The truth is more important than the facts.
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
When you doubt, abstain.
Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.
Nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
I have never developed indigestion from eating my words.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
Curses are like chickens, they always come home.
Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.
Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change.
In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love.
To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.
The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.
Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
Nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion.
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
They are horribly tedious when they are good husbands, and abominably conceited when they are not.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
I'm sure I don't know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn't like to.
Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.
The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.
The husbands of very beautiful women belong to the criminal classes.
It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.
Flowers are as common in the country as people are in London.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
What a fuss people make about fidelity! Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.
People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.
Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
And now, I am dying beyond my means. [Sipping champagne on his deathbed]
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
An ordinary man away from home giving advice.
Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
Patience and the passage of time do more than strength and fury.
The moment a man begins to talk about technique that's proof that he is fresh out of ideas.
The best reformers the world has ever seen are those who commence on themselves.
The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.
Parental love is the foundation of good self esteem; if you are not loved by the most important people in your life, how can you possibly learn to love yourself.
Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
True friendship ought never to conceal what it thinks.
Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
Give God the margin of eternity to justify himself.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.
Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.
Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
Don't serve time, make time serve you
Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.
Children always turn to the light.
Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.
The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.
Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.
Interdependency follows independence.
Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?
Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.
When you're finished changing, you're finished.
I draw my life out with my number two pencil first; proof read it, then pen it! Life is what you make it.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man s: She changes it more often.
Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine.

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