110+ Agnes Repplier Quotes On Democracy, Humorous And Refined
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- It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
- What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
- It takes time and trouble to persuade ourselves that the things we want to do are the things we ought to do.
- Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage.
- There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.
- It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.
- Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.
- A real dog, beloved and therefore pampered by his mistress, is a lamentable spectacle. He suffers from fatty degeneration of his moral being.
- Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times, because they had nobody to talk about.
- We owe to one another all the wit and good humour we can command; and nothing so clears our mental vistas as sympathetic and intelligent conversation.
Agnes Repplier Short Quotes
- Neatness of phrase is so closely akin to wit that it is often accepted as its substitute.
- People who pin their faith to a catchword never feel the necessity of understanding anything.
- Believers in political faith-healing enjoy a supreme immunity from doubt.
- fair play is less characteristic of groups than of individuals.
- Edged tools are dangerous things to handle, and not infrequently do much hurt.
- It is not begging but the beggar, who has forfeited favor with the elect.
- The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them.
- Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
- It is in his pleasure that a man really lives.
- the most charming thing about youth is the tenacity of its impressions.
Agnes Repplier Quotes On Love
The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life. — Agnes Repplier
A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, and minus common sense. — Agnes Repplier
We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. — Agnes Repplier
An appreciation of words is so rare that everybody naturally thinks he possesses it, and this universal sentiment results in the misuse of a material whose beauty enriches the loving student beyond the dreams of avarice. — Agnes Repplier
Lovers of the town have been content, for the most part, to say they loved it. They do not brag about its uplifting qualities. They have none of the infernal smugness which makes the lover of the country insupportable. — Agnes Repplier
The human race may be divided into people who love cats and people who hate them; the neutrals being few in numbers, and, for intellectual and moral reasons, not worth considering. — Agnes Repplier
It has been wisely said that we cannot really love anybody at whom we never laugh. — Agnes Repplier
Those persons are happiest in this restless and mutable world who are in love with change, who delight in what is new simply because it differs from what is old; who rejoice in every innovation, and find a strange alert pleasure in all that is, and that has never been before. — Agnes Repplier
Wit is as infinite as love, and a deal more lasting in its qualities. — Agnes Repplier
Woman is quick to revere genius, but in her secret soul she seldom loves it. — Agnes Repplier
Agnes Repplier Quotes On Humorous
The essence of humor is that it should be unexpected, that it should embody an element of surprise, that it should startle us out of that reasonable gravity which, after all, must be our habitual frame of mind. — Agnes Repplier
Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding. — Agnes Repplier
Humor brings insight and tolerance. — Agnes Repplier
it is not every tourist who bubbles over with mirth, and that unquenchable spirit of humor which turns a trial into a blessing. — Agnes Repplier
Humor hardens the heart, at least to the point of sanity. — Agnes Repplier
Wit is artificial; humor is natural. Wit is accidental; humor is inevitable. Wit is born of conscious effort; humor, of the allotted ironies of fate. Wit can be expressed only in language; humor can be developed sufficiently in situation. — Agnes Repplier
Humor, in one form or another, is characteristic of every nation; and reflecting the salient points of social and national life, it illuminates those crowded corners which history leaves obscure. — Agnes Repplier
Agnes Repplier Quotes On Civilization
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization. — Agnes Repplier
It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization. — Agnes Repplier
English civilization rests largely upon tea and cricket, with mighty spurts of enjoyment on Derby Day, and at Newmarket. — Agnes Repplier
to be civilized is to be incapable of giving unnecessary offense, it is to have some quality of consideration for all who cross our path. — Agnes Repplier
Agnes Repplier Quotes On World
A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world. Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal. — Agnes Repplier
The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it. — Agnes Repplier
There is nothing in the world so enjoyable as a thorough-going monomania... — Agnes Repplier
No rural community, no suburban community, can ever possess the distinctive qualities that city dwellers have for centuries given to the world. — Agnes Repplier
A world of vested interests is not a world which welcomes the disruptive force of candor. — Agnes Repplier
The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth. — Agnes Repplier
The age of credulity is every age the world has ever known. Men have always turned from the ascertained, which is limited and discouraging, to the dubious, which is unlimited and full of hope for everybody. — Agnes Repplier
There is nothing in the world so incomprehensible as the joke we do not see. — Agnes Repplier
Bargaining is essential to the life of the world; but nobody has ever claimed that it is an ennobling process. — Agnes Repplier
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food, and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life. — Agnes Repplier
Agnes Repplier Famous Quotes And Sayings
He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us, and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage. — Agnes Repplier
It is because of our unassailable enthusiasm, our profound reverence for education, that we habitually demand of it the impossible. The teacher is expected to perform a choice and varied series of miracles. — Agnes Repplier
America has invested her religion as well as her morality in sound income-paying securities. She has adopted the unassailable position of a nation blessed because it deserves to be blessed; and her sons, whatever other theologies they may affect or disregard, subscribe unreservedly to this national creed. — Agnes Repplier
I am seventy years old, a gray age weighted with uncompromising biblical allusions. It ought to have a gray outlook, but it hasn't, because a glint of dazzling sunshine is dancing merrily ahead of me. — Agnes Repplier
abroad it is our habit to regard all other travelers in the light of personal and unpardonable grievances. They are intruders into our chosen realms of pleasure, they jar upon our sensibilities, they lessen our meager share of comforts, they are everywhere in our way, they are always an unnecessary feature in the landscape. — Agnes Repplier
The gayety of life, like the beauty and the moral worth of life, is a saving grace, which to ignore is folly, and to destroy is crime. There is no more than we need; there is barely enough to go round. — Agnes Repplier
Erudition, like a bloodhound, is a charming thing when held firmly in leash, but it is not so attractive when turned loose upon a defenseless and unerudite public. — Agnes Repplier
I wonder what especial sanctity attaches itself to fifteen minutes. It is always the maximum and the minimum of time which will enable us to acquire languages, etiquette, personality, oratory ... One gathers that twelve minutes a day would be hopelessly inadequate, and twenty minutes a wasteful and ridiculous excess. — Agnes Repplier
Personally, I do not believe that it is the duty of any man or woman to write a novel. In nine cases out of ten, there would be greater merit in leaving it unwritten. — Agnes Repplier
The dog is guided by kindly instinct to the man or woman whose heart is open to his advances. The cat often leaves the friend who courts her, to honor, or to harass, the unfortunate mortal who shudders at her unwelcome caresses. — Agnes Repplier
It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more. — Agnes Repplier
There is no illusion so permanent as that which enables us to look backward with complacency; there is no mental process so deceptive as the comparing of recollections with realities. — Agnes Repplier
When the contemplative mind is a French mind, it is content, for the most part, to contemplate France. When the contemplative mind is an English mind, it is liable to be seized at any moment by an importunate desire to contemplate Morocco or Labrador. — Agnes Repplier
There is a vast deal of make-believe in the carefully nurtured sentiment for country life, and the barefoot boy, and the mountain girl. — Agnes Repplier
There is an optimism which nobly anticipates the eventual triumph of great moral laws, and there is an optimism which cheerfully tolerates unworthiness. — Agnes Repplier
The friendships of nations, built on common interests, cannot survive the mutability of those interests. — Agnes Repplier
It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self. — Agnes Repplier
Just as we are often moved to merriment for no other reason than that the occasion calls for seriousness, so we are correspondingly serious when invited too freely to be amused. — Agnes Repplier
In those happy days when leisure was held to be no sin, men and women wrote journals whose copiousness both delights and dismays us. — Agnes Repplier
A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever and generally stopping before it gets there. — Agnes Repplier
the most comfortable characteristic of the period [1775-1825], and the one which incites our deepest envy, is the universal willingness to accept a good purpose as a substitute for good work. — Agnes Repplier
the tea-hour is the hour of peace ... strife is lost in the hissing of the kettle - a tranquilizing sound, second only to the purring of a cat. — Agnes Repplier
It is impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning. — Agnes Repplier
real letter-writing ... is founded on a need as old and as young as humanity itself, the need that one human being has of another. — Agnes Repplier
There is a secret and wholesome conviction in the heart of every man or woman who has written a book that it should be no easy matter for an intelligent reader to lay down that book unfinished. There is a pardonable impression among reviewers that half an hour in its company is sufficient. — Agnes Repplier
whereas the dog strives to lessen the distance between himself and man, seeks ever to be intelligent and intelligible, and translates into looks and actions the words he cannot speak, the cat dwells within the circle of her own secret thoughts. — Agnes Repplier
Like simplicity and candor, and other much-commented qualities, enthusiasm is charming until we meet it face to face, and cannot escape from its charm. — Agnes Repplier
Too much rigidity on the part of teachers should be followed by a brisk spirit of insubordination on the part of the taught. — Agnes Repplier
What puzzles most of us are the things which have been left in the movies rather than the things which have been taken out. — Agnes Repplier
Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements. — Agnes Repplier
By providing cheap and wholesome reading for the young, we have partly succeeded in driving from the field that which was positively bad; yet nothing is easier than to overdo a reformation, and, through the characteristic indulgence of American parents, children are drugged with a literature whose chief merit is its harmlessness. — Agnes Repplier
The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced. — Agnes Repplier
The worst in life, we are told, is compatible with the best in art. So too the worst in life is compatible with the best in humour. — Agnes Repplier
Every true American likes to think in terms of thousands and millions. The word 'million' is probably the most pleasure-giving vocable in the language. — Agnes Repplier
The perfectly natural thing to do with an unreadable book is to give it away; and the publication, for more than a quarter of a century, of volumes which fulfilled this one purpose and no other is a pleasant proof, if proof were needed, of the business principles which underlay the enlightened activity of publishers. — Agnes Repplier
There was no escape from the letter-writer who, a hundred or a hundred and twenty-five years ago, captured a coveted correspondent. It would have been as easy to shake off an octopus or a boa-constrictor. — Agnes Repplier
The necessity of knowing a little about a great many things is the most grievous burden of our day. It deprives us of leisure on the one hand, and of scholarship on the other. — Agnes Repplier
the audience is the controlling factor in the actor's life. It is practically infallible, since there is no appeal from its verdict. It is a little like a supreme court composed of irresponsible minors. — Agnes Repplier
In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin — Agnes Repplier
Diaries tell their little tales with a directness, a candor, conscious or unconscious, a closeness of outlook, which gratifies our sense of security. Reading them is like gazing through a small clear pane of glass. We may not see far and wide, but we see very distinctly that which comes within our field of vision. — Agnes Repplier
People fed on sugared praises cannot be expected to feel an appetite for the black broth of honest criticism. — Agnes Repplier
The diseases of the present have little in common with the diseases of the past save that we die of them. — Agnes Repplier
This is the sphinx of the hearthstone, the little god of domesticity, whose presence turns a house into a home. — Agnes Repplier
It is the steady and merciless increase of occupations, the augmented speed at which we are always trying to live, the crowding of each day with more work than it can profitably hold, which has cost us, among other things, the undisturbed enjoyment of friends. Friendship takes time, and we have no time to give it. — Agnes Repplier
The comfortable thing about the study of history is that it inclines us to think hopefully of our own times. — Agnes Repplier
if a man be discreet enough to take to hard drinking in his youth, before his general emptiness is ascertained, his friends invariably credit him with a host of shining qualities which, we are given to understand, lie balked and frustrated by his one unfortunate weakness. — Agnes Repplier
There is no liberal education for the under-languaged. — Agnes Repplier
Books that children read but once are of scant service to them; those that have really helped to warm our imaginations and to train our faculties are the few old friends we know so well that they have become a portion of our thinking selves. — Agnes Repplier
It is difficult to admonish Frenchmen. Their habit of mind is unfavorable to preachment. — Agnes Repplier
Cats, even when robust, have scant liking for the boisterous society of children, and are apt to exert their utmost ingenuity to escape it. Nor are they without adult sympathy in their prejudice. — Agnes Repplier
Wit is a pleasure-giving thing, largely because it eludes reason; but in the apprehension of an absurdity through the working of the comic spirit there is a foundation of reason, and an impetus to human companionship. — Agnes Repplier
In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! — Agnes Repplier
The great dividing line between books that are made to be read and books that are made to be bought is not the purely modern thing it seems. We can trace it, if we try, back to the first printing-presses. — Agnes Repplier
Letter-writing on the part of a busy man or woman is the quintessence of generosity. — Agnes Repplier
If history in the making be a fluid thing, it swiftly crystallizes. — Agnes Repplier
To have given pleasure to one human being is a recollection that sweetens life. — Agnes Repplier
The sanguine assurance that men and nations can be legislated into goodness, that pressure from without is equivalent to a moral change within, needs a strong backing of inexperience. — Agnes Repplier
But self-satisfaction, if as buoyant as gas, has an ugly trick of collapsing when full blown, and facts are stony things that refuse to melt away in the sunshine of a smile. — Agnes Repplier
It is not depravity that afflicts the human race so much as a general lack of intelligence. — Agnes Repplier
The man who never tells an unpalatable truth 'at the wrong time' (the right time has yet to be discovered) is the man whose success in life is fairly well assured. — Agnes Repplier
The party which is out sees nothing but graft and incapacity in the party which is in; and the party which is in sees nothing but greed and animosity in the party which is out. — Agnes Repplier
There is something frightful in being required to enjoy and appreciate all masterpieces; to read with equal relish Milton, and Dante, and Calderon, and Goethe, and Homer, and Scott, and Voltaire, and Wordsworth, and Cervantes, and Molière, and Swift. — Agnes Repplier
Sensuality, too, which used to show itself course, smiling, unmasked, and unmistakable, is now serious, analytic, and so burdened with a sense of its responsibilities that it passes muster half the time as a new type of asceticism. — Agnes Repplier
There is a natural limit to the success we wish our friends, even when we have spurred them on their way. — Agnes Repplier
It is claimed that the United States gets the cleanest and purest tea in the market, and certainly it is too good to warrant the nervous apprehension which strains and dilutes it into nothingness. The English do not strain their tea in the fervid fashion we do. They like to see a few leaves dawdling about the cup. They like to know what they are drinking. — Agnes Repplier
Philadelphians are every whit as mediocre as their neighbors, but they seldom encourage each other in mediocrity by giving it a more agreeable name. — Agnes Repplier
Economics and ethics have little in common. — Agnes Repplier
Everybody is now so busy teaching that nobody has any time to learn. — Agnes Repplier
The soul begins to travel when the child begins to think. — Agnes Repplier
Friendship takes time. — Agnes Repplier
Guests are the delight of leisure, and the solace of ennui. — Agnes Repplier
We are tethered to our kind, and may as well join hands in the struggle. — Agnes Repplier
We know when we have had enough of a friend, and we know when a friend has had enough of us. The first truth is no more palatable than the second. — Agnes Repplier
Life Lessons by Agnes Repplier
- Agnes Repplier's life teaches us to be resilient and determined in the face of adversity; she was able to overcome numerous obstacles throughout her life, including poverty and ill health, to become a successful writer.
- Repplier also demonstrates the importance of having a positive attitude and a strong work ethic; she was known for her optimism and her ability to work tirelessly.
- Finally, Repplier's life teaches us to be humble and generous; she was known for her humility and her willingness to help others in need.
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