I was a modest, good-humored boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
Category: Colleges And Universities
The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.
One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
Category: History And Historians
Nobody ever died of laughter.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
She was one of those people who said ''I don't know anything about music, but I know what I like.''
Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.