Few of us have vitality enough to make any of our instincts imperious.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.
If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.,
Go anywhere in England where there are natural, wholesome, contented, and really nice English people; and what do you always find? That the stables are the real center of the household.
Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.
A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.
Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
The test of a man or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.
Self-denial is not a virtue, it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
I feel nothing but the accursed happiness I have dreaded all my life long: the happiness that comes as life goes, the happiness of yielding and dreaming instead of resisting and doing, the sweetness of the fruit that is going rotten.
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.