When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.
Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.
The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
I love you the more that I believe you have liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.
We need a sense of the value of time -- that is, of the best way to divide one's time into one's various activities.
Some men a forward motion love,
But I by backward steps would move.
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
If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst.
It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.