1. 10

    Age has extremely little to do with anything that matters. The difference between one age and another is, as a rule, enormously exaggerated.

  2. 9

    The impulse to ask questions is among the more primitive human lusts.

  3. 8

    Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.

  4. 7

    Decades have a delusive edge to them. They are not, of course, really periods at all, except as any other ten years may be. But we, looking at them, are caught by the different name each bears, and give them different attributes, and tie labels on them, as if they were flowers in a border.

  5. 6

    At the worst, a house unkept cannot be so distressing as a life unlived.

  6. 5

    Adultery is a meanness and a stealing, a taking away from someone what should be theirs, a great selfishness, and surrounded and guarded by lies lest it should be found out. And out of meanness and selfishness and lying flow love and joy and peace beyond anything that can be imagined.

  7. 4

    So they left the subject and played croquet, which is a very good game for people who are annoyed with one another, giving many opportunities for venting rancor.

  8. 3

    Life, for all its agonies...is exciting and beautiful, amusing and artful and endearing...and whatever is to come after it -- we shall not have this life again.

  9. 2

    We know one another's faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws.

  10. 1

    It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.

  11. Last Update: 25 September 2022

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