Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
Genius is talent provided with ideals.
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too.
The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.
What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.