We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.
If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death.
Books are a finer world within the world.
Everything is sweetened by risk.
There is no ghost so difficult to lay as the ghost of an injury.
Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of human life.
If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race.
To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.
The man who in this world can keep the whiteness of his soul is not likely to lose it in any other.
Every man’s road in life is marked by the graves of his personal liking.
A great man is the man who does something for the first time.
If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.
If you do your fair day’s work, you are certain to get your fair day’s wage – in praise or pudding, whichever happens to suit your taste.
Trees are your best antiques.