Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead.
There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.
It is only in literature that coincidences seem unnatural.
Most remarks that are worth making are commonplace remarks. The thing that makes them worth saying is that we really mean them.
No human being believes that any other human being has a right to be in bed when he himself is up.
To go through life without ever being converted to anything seems a mark of insensitiveness. The ideal world would be a world in which everybody was capable of conversion and in which at the same time the converts would admit the possibility that they might be mistaken.
Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.
Indifference to poetry is one of the most conspicuous characteristics of the human race.
History may be read as the story of the magnificent rearguard action fought during several thousand years by dogma against curiosity.
Any of us can achieve virtue, if by virtue we merely mean the avoidance of the vices that do not attract us.
Life, it seems to me, is worth living, but only if we avoid the amusements of grown-up people.
I am a confirmed believer in blessings in disguise. I prefer them undisguised when I myself happen to be the person blessed; in fact, I can scarcely recognize a blessing in disguise except when it is bestowed upon someone else.
Many bores are so obviously happy that is a pleasure to watch them.
I sometimes suspect that half our difficulties are imaginary and that if we kept quiet about them they would disappear.
There is nothing that makes us feel so good as the idea that someone else is an evildoer.
It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.
Knowledge is power only if a man knows what facts not to bother with.
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