A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.
Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.
How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
To suppose as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.
People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror.
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.
What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?
Don’t laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find a face of his own.