Alexander Smith
Quotations


If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death.

If the egotist is weak, his egotism is worthless. If the egotist is strong, acute, full of distinctive character, his egotism is precious, and remains a possession of the race.

We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.

A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.

I go into my library, and all history unrolls before me. I breathe the morning air of the world while the scent of Edenís roses yet lingered in it, while it vibrated only to the worldís first brood of nightingales, and to the laugh of Eve. I see the pyramids building; I hear the shoutings of the armies of Alexander.

A manís real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.

To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.

If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.

I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.



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