All say, "How hard it is that we have to die" - a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.
For the majority of us, the past is a regret, the future an experiment
Independence - is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes
Therein lies the defect of revenge: it's all in the anticipation; the thing itself is a pain, not a pleasure; at least the pain is the biggest end of it.
Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
A sin takes on a new and real terror when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out
There are many scapegoats for our sins, but the most popular is providence
I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.
The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all trades
Evolution is the law of policies: Darwin said it, Socrates endorsed it, Cuvier proved it and established it for all time in his paper on ''The Survival of the Fittest.'' These are illustrious names, this is a mighty doctrine: nothing can ever remove it from its firm base, nothing dissolve it, but evolution.
In literature imitations do not imitate
A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial
Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself