The cruellest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his mouth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
He sows hurry and reaps indigestion.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords; and the little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by neglect of many other things.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong. I do not say "give them up," for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better and simpler people.
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.
To make our idea of morality centre on forbidden acts is to defile the imagination and to introduce into our judgments of our fellow-men a secret element of gusto.
Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.