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There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men`s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

Wine is bottled poetry.

Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel`s sake. The great affair is to move.

Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean

Nothing more strongly arouses our disgust than cannibalism, yet we make the same impression on Buddhists and vegetarians, for we feed on babies, though not our own.

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.

It is not much for its beauty that makes a claim upon men`s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

If your morals make you dreary, depend on it , they are wrong.

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.

A friend is a gift you give yourself.


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