I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.
Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize so a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit than a portrait of his face.
So long as we love we serve so long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable and no man is useless while he has a friend.
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
You can give without loving but you can never love without giving.
In marriage a man becomes slack and selfish and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
Marriage is like life – it is a field of battle not a bed of roses.
Marriage is one long conversation chequered by disputes.
You can forgive people who do not follow you through a philosophical disquisition but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes or staring when you were in a fit of laughter would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.
If a man loves the labour of his trade apart from any question of success or fame the gods have called him.
That man is a success who has lived well laughed often and loved much.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind spare to us our friends soften to us our enemies.
Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
Every heart that has beat strongly and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world and bettered the tradition of mankind.
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate.
All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
Books are good enough in their own way but they are a poor substitute for life.
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards but of playing a poor hand well.
The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.
There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that in the dinner the sweets come last.
Well well Henry James is pretty good though he is of the nineteenth century and that glaringly.
For my part I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
When I am grown to man’s estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.