"Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God."
"An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her."
de Quincey, Thomas:
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes
to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to
drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and
Emerson, Ralph Waldo:
Life is our dictionary.
Your goodness must have an edge to it, -- else it is none.
I do not wish to treat friendships daintily, but with the
roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass threads
or frostwork, but the solidest things we know.
How twisted we humans are, and yet they say a God made us;
but I find it hard to conceive of any God who is not as simple
as a perfect equation, as clear as air.
Haggard, H. Rider:
Listen! what is life? It is a feather; it is the seed of the
grass, blown hither and thither, sometimes multiplying itself
and dying in the act, sometimes carried away into the heavens.
But if the seed be good and heavy it may perchance travel a little
way on the road it will. It is well to try and journey one's
road and to fight with the air. Man must die. At the worst he
can die a little sooner. I will go with thee across the desert
and over the mountains, unless perchance I fall to the ground
on the way, my father.
I met, not long ago, a young man who aspired to become a novelist.
Knowing that I was in the profession, he asked me to tell him
how he should set to work to realize his ambition. I did my best
to explain. "The first thing," I said, "is to
buy quite a lot of paper, a bottle of ink, and a pen. After that
you merely have to write."
"One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts."
"Wherever there is a crowd there is untruth."
"I imagine leaves must feel like this after they have fallen from their tree and until they die."
When I am buried,
Four be the things I am wiser to know:
(When asked about the complexity of V.) "Why should things be easy to understand?"
"To feel that life is ended; to wish existence, too, had ceased; and so to sit down, an aching hollow, and take a part and sham an interest in twaddle to please others; such are woman's feats."
But he was without bourgeois prejudices, or he imagined that
he was, and he had all his life acted on impulse, though always
in a careful and businesslike manner.
It was astonishing how significant, coherent and understandable
it all became after a glass of wine on an empty stomach.
I sit at my window and the words fly past me like birds --
with God's help I catch some.
"We are underbred and low-lived and illiterate; and in this respect I confess I do not make any very broad distinction between the illiterateness of my own townsman who cannot read at all and the illiterateness of him who has learned to read only what is for children and feeble intellects."
Whatever a man prays for, he prays for a miracle. Every prayer
reduces itself to this: Great God, grant that twice two be not
Indeed, for other people, in a sense I do not exist. I am
the color of dead leaves, like certain unnoticed insects.
The children of God should not have any other country here
below but the universe itself, with the totality of all the reasoning
creatures it has ever contained, contains, or ever will contain.
That is the native city to which we owe our love.
Our love should stretch as widely across all space, and should
be as equally distributed in every portion of it, as is the very
light of the sun. Christ has bidden us to attain to the perfection
of our heavenly Father by imitating his indiscriminate bestowal
of light. Our intelligence too should have the same complete
I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather
frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like everyone else.