A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts.
Animals hear about death for the first time when they die.
Newspapers are the second hand of history.
Not to go to the theater is like making one's toilet without a mirror.
That I could clamber to the frozen moon. And draw the ladder after me.
There are 80,000 prostitutes in London alone and what are they, if not bloody sacrifices on the altar of monogamy?
The problem with Germans is that they look in the clouds for what lies at their feet.
Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but also a disruption of thought.
Night gives a black look to everything, whatever it may be.
To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
Whatever torch we kindle, and whatever space it may illuminate, our horizon will always remain encircled by the depth of night.
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.
The world is not a factory and animals are not products for our use.
Marrying means doing whatever possible to become repulsed of each other
In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
Where there is no love, a person's faithfulness to the marriage bond is probably against nature.
Knowledge is to certain extent a second existence.
The young should early be trained to bear being left alone; for it is a source of happiness and peace of mind.
The little honesty that exists among authors is discernible in the unconscionable way they misquote from the writings of others.
The first rule for a good style is to have something to say; in fact, this in itself is almost enough.
One should use common words to say uncommon things
No one writes anything worth writing, unless he writes entirely for the sake of his subject.
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.
The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.
A writer should never be brief at the expense of being clear.
If there is anything in the world that can really be called a mans property, it is surely that which is the result of his mental activity.
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
In their hearts women think that it is men's business to earn money and theirs to spend it.
Dissimulation is innate in woman, and almost as much a quality of the stupid as of the clever.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
The shortness of life, so often lamented, may be the best thing about it.
There is one respect in which beasts show real wisdom... their quiet, placid enjoyment of the present moment.
Money alone is absolutely good, because it is not only a concrete satisfaction of one need in particular; it is an abstract satisfaction of all.
Money is human happiness in the abstract.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!
Wealth is like sea- water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the impression it makes.