Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
Jorge Luis Borges
I never had to choose a subject my subject rather chose me.
The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so! To my own Gods I go. It may be they shall give me greater ease than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities.
I think it is all a matter of love the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is.
The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this -- the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it.
Sir Walter Scott
You can cover a great deal of country in books.
War is the great scavenger of thought. It is the sovereign disinfectant, and its red stream of blood is the Condy's Fluid that cleans out the stagnant pools and clotted channels of the intellect. We have awakened from an opium-dream of comfort, of ease, of that miserable poltroonery of the sheltered life. Our wish for indulgence of every sort, our laxity of manners, our wretched sensitiveness to personal inconvenience, these are suddenly lifted before us in their true guise as the specters of national decay; and we have risen from the lethargy of our dilettantism to lay them, before it is too late, by the flashing of the unsheathed sword.
Sir Edmund Gosse
Every man who says frankly and fully what he thinks is doing a public service.
Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
John Singer Sargent
When we can say no not only to things that are wrong and sinful, but also to things pleasant, profitable, and good which would hinder and clog our grand duties and our chief work, we shall understand more fully what life is worth, and how to make the most of it.
Charles A Stoddard
Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic
There is nothing to which men cling more tenaciously than the privileges of class.