May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.
Self-trust, we know, is the first secret of success.
Lady Jane Wilde
There comes with old age a time when the heart is no longer fusible or malleable, and must retain the form in which it has cooled down.
Sheridan Le Fanu
The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers...but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds.
Thomas W Higginson
The fact is, that civilisation requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gautier
To say of a picture, as is often said in its praise, that it shows great and earnest labour, is to say that it is incomplete and unfit for view.
James Mcneill Whistler
The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.
There are two tragedies in life: one is to lose your heart's desire, the other is to gain it.
George Bernard Shaw
Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.
Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.
Natalie Clifford Barney
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
I am, really, a great writer; my only difficulty is in finding great readers.
No poet is ever completely lost. He has the secret of his childhood safe with him, like some secret cave in which he can kneel. And, when we read his poetry, we can join him there.
Anyone who limits her vision to memories of yesterday is already dead.
Never look at the Trombones, you'll only encourage them.