Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.
By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward.
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is--in other words, not a thing, but a think.
The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.
You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
Remember that time is money.
Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so.
I scarce ever heard or saw the introductory words, "Without vanity I may say," etc., but some vain thing immediately followed.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.
He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent.
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.
Better be alone than in bad company.
Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.
More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.
Abused patience turns to fury.
All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.
Scalded cats fear even cold water.
Better a tooth out than always aching.
He that hopes no good fears no ill.
Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness.