There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.
Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
Those who write for lucre or fame are grosser than the cartel robbers, for they steal the genius of the people, which is its will to resist evil.
Category: Arts And Artists
We can only write well about our sins because it is too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether it was the result of good or evil motives.
Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.
One cat in a house is a sign of loneliness, two of barrenness, and three of sodomy.
I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man.
Hardly a book of human worth, be it heaven's own secret, is honestly placed before the reader; it is either shunned, given a Periclean funeral oration in a hundred and fifty words, or interred in the potter's field of the newspapers back pages.
It is very perplexing how an intrepid frontier people, who fought a wilderness, floods, tornadoes, and the Rockies, cower before criticism, which is regarded as a malignant tumor in the imagination.
Recognize the cunning man not by the corpses he pays homage to but by the living writers he conspires against with the most shameful weapon, Silence, or the briefest review.
Every decision you make is a mistake.
A strong foe is better than a weak friend.
Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement.
Genius, like truth, has a shabby and neglected mien.
Though man is the only beast that can write, he has small reason to be proud of it. When he utters something that is wise it is nothing that the river horse does not know, and most of his creations are the result of accident.