A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline.
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.
Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.
A woman’s heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.
That’s what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he’s wise.
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot out the glory of the world, and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I know no speck so troublesome as self.
People who can’t be witty exert themselves to be devout and affectionate.
Harold, like the rest of us, had many impressions which saved him the trouble of distinct ideas.
Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best.
Truth has rough flavours if we bite it through.