I am gratified when a friend slaps me on the back and tells me I’m a fine fellow, but I do a little resent it when with his other hand he picks my pocket.
To do each day two things one dislikes is a precept I have followed scrupulously: Every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.
It was such a lovely day I thought it was a pity to get up.
Culture is not just an ornament; it is the expression of a nation’s character, and at the same time it is a powerful instrument to mould character. The end of culture is right living.
Of all the hokum with which this country America is riddled, the most odd is the common notion that it is free of class distinctions.
It is a funny thing about life – if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.
Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it.
Art for art’s sake makes no more sense than gin for gin’s sake.
Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.
From the earliest time the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.