Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.
It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class.... I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure."
I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal.... The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.
"... Let the cage bird and the cage bird mate and the wild bird mate in the wild."
Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
I agree about Shaw—he is haunted by the mystery he flouts. He is an atheist who trembles in the haunted corridor.
Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.