Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome --to be got over.
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
Category: Age And Aging
A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.
The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.
Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out.
Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, ''Lighthouses'' as the poet said ''erected in the sea of time.'' They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
To buy books would be a good thing if we also could buy the time to read them.
Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.
Category: Bores And Boredom
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!
The present is the only reality and the only certainty.