The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.
When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.
The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb, for we have no word to speak about it.
I don't pretend to understand the Universe--it's a great deal bigger than I am.
I have had prayers answered--most strangely so sometimes--but I think our heavenly Father's loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less."
'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'
When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.
The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
(topic: joy and sorrow)
Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing...that I dislike in sleep; 'tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!
Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyse before we can live happily in this world.
Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells you you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a grey suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up.
(topic: common sense)
Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one.
Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.
I am convinced that a light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning, have sometimes made a hero of the same man, who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and rainy morning, would have proved a coward.
Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson colour of it should creep into his vote...The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
(topic: censorship and free speech)
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
These are not dark days: these are great days--the greatest days our country has ever lived.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
There is no such thing as a moral dress... It's people who are moral or immoral.
Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any waters.
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.
No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humour.
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake--Aye, what then?
Knowledge is two-fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false.
To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship--never.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.
When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
The sea--this truth must be confessed--has no generosity. No display of manly qualities--courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness--has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.
Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.
Travellers never think that THEY are the foreigners.
It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
(topic: gifts and giving)
Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
Who loved thee so fondly as he?
He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue,
And joined in thy innocent glee.
That gives it all its flavour.
Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically--for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist--but then what isn't?
kisses are a better fate
for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea