We don't have a biography.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
If life must not be taken too seriously -- then so neither must death.
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.
What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage -- but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence.
The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them.
He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
To live is like to love-all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself.
I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.
Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Life is like playing the violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
Neither have they hearts to stay, nor wit enough to run away.
When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented.
The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not being a thief any more. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
An empty house is like a stray dog or a body from which life has departed.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
To himself everyone is an immortal. He may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.
Man is God's highest present development. He is the latest thing in God.
If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.
When the righteous man truth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither quite lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness.
Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed.
It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.
He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.
Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
Though wisdom cannot be gotten for gold, still less can be gotten without it.
Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.