I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.
The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two.
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
Self denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity
Self denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act according with the dictates of reason.
Good taste is the excuse I've always given for leading such a bad life
The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.