The public buys its opinions as it buys its meat, or takes in its milk, on the principle that it is cheaper to do this than to keep a cow. So it is, but the milk is more likely to be watered.
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.
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.
I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.
Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.
My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.
Not to over-breed will be one day recognized as not less essential for national well- being than breeding is.
If I die prematurely at any rate I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.