1. 10

    Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union.

  2. 9

    No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.

  3. 8

    The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.

  4. 7

    All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.

  5. 6

    We may assume that we keep people waiting symbolically because we do not wish to see them and that our anxiety is due not to being late, but to having to see them at all.

  6. 5

    Beneath a mask of selfish tranquility nothing exists except bitterness and boredom. I am one of those whom suffering has made empty and frivolous: each night in my dreams I pull the scab off a wound; each day, vacuous and habit-ridden, I help it re-form.

  7. 4

    There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.

  8. 3

    Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

  9. 2

    He [George Orwell] would not blow his nose without moralising on conditions in the handkerchief industry.

  10. 1

    Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun bring more happiness than the daffodils.

  11. Last Update: 9 December 2022

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