The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.
The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.
The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
Last Update: 22 October 2021
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