The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions
I am on the side of the unregenerate who affirm the worth of life as an end in itself, as against the saints who deny it.
The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity.
Every man is an omnibus in which his ancestors ride.
Stillness and steadiness of features are signal marks of good breeding. Vulgar persons can't sit still, or at least must always work their limbs and features.
Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.
Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.