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It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.
It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass; but the reader may be sure that it is always there.
It is self-evident that at sixty-five a man has done all that he is fit to do.
It is necessary to get a lot of men together, for the show of the thing, otherwise the world will not believe. That is the meaning of committees. But the real work must always be done by one or two men.
It is hard to rescue a man from the slough of luxury and idleness combined. If anything can do it, it is a cradle filled annually.
It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can't fly away.
It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.
It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.
It has become a certainty now that if you will only advertise sufficiently you may make a fortune by selling anything.
In these days a man is nobody unless his biography is kept so far posted up that it may be ready for the national breakfast-table on the morning after his demise.
I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
I never knew a government yet that wanted to do anything.
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