William Lyon Phelps
You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York.
Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money.
A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him.
You can be deprived of your money, your job and your home by someone else, but remember that no one can ever take away your honor.
The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.
A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don’t slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.
The happiest people in this world are those who have the most interesting thoughts.
In a start-up company, you basically throw out all assumptions every three weeks.
There is a strange reluctance on the part of most people to admit they enjoy life.
The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.
This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
If I didn’t start painting, I would have raised chickens.
Nature makes boys and girls lovely to look upon so they can be tolerated until they acquire some sense.
If I were running the world I would have it rain only between 2 and 5 a.m. Anyone who was out then ought to get wet.
One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.