The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal- or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.
A lady cannot be blamed if a master criminal takes a fancy to her.
If you take a man by surprise, and behave with sufficient arrogance, he will generally do what you ask.
The combination of physical strength and moral sincerity combined with tenderness of heart is exactly what is wanted in a husband.--Ameila Peabody
There are too many people in the world as it is, but the supply of ancient manuscripts is severely limited.
Many persons lead lives of crushing boredom.
Humor is an excellent method of keeping a tight rein on unproductive displays of emotion.
The trouble with unknown enemies is that they are so difficult to identify.
I have learned that particularly clever ideas do not always stand up under close scrutiny.
Another dead body. Every year it is the same. Every year, another dead body...
Your trousers are on fire. I would have told you, but you so dislike advice...
If all else fails, we will simply have to drug our attendants, overpower the guards, raise the oppressed peasants to arms, and take over the government.
When one is striding bravely into the future one cannot watch one's footing.
Is is difficult to be angry with a gentleman who pays you compliments, even impertinent compliments. Especially impertinent compliments.
It is much more sensible to be an optimist instead of a pessimist, for if one is doomed to disappointment, why experience it in advance?
I do not scruple to employ mendacity and a fictitious appearance of female incompetence when the occasion demands it.
Most men are reasonably useful in a crisis. The difficulty lies in convincing them that the situation has reached a critical point
I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! (Amelia Peabody)
Marriage, in my view, should be a balanced stalemate between equal adversaries.
No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.
The man had no more romance in his soul than a codfish.
Men are frail creatures, of course; one does not expect them to exhibit the steadfastness of women.
Men are so easy to manipulate, poor things.
Since I am not as stupid as my children believe I am, I had immediately realized this might be a ruse, but I was not at all averse to a confrontation. In fact, I had been hoping for some such thing.
I would never have supposed that inexperienced girl was capable of such cold-blooded, calculating manipulation!
The approval of a cat cannot but flatter the recipient.
Bless the ladies and their charming inconsistency! They demand to be treated like men, but they react like women.
I do hope you have some money. I'm getting tired of hitting people.
The secret of happiness is to enjoy the moment, without allowing unhappy memories or fear of the future to shadow the shining present.
I felt obligated by friendship as well as duty to make certain they were comfortably housed. Since men seem to measure comfort by the degree of dirt and confusion that prevails, I deduced that they were very comfortable.
I do not doubt he has a low opinion of women too. Gallantry is often a cloak for contempt.
I had had my night of weeping… I had purged myself of useless emotions that terrible night, now every nerve every sinew, every thought was bent on a single purpose
love has a most unfortunate effect on the brain,
I always carry the book of Holy Writ… and something to read...
The men had scattered in all directions, which men are inclined to do when women leave them to their own devices for any length of time. I believe they are easily bored.
I have always been of the opinion that your successes are due not so much to your medical skill as your dogged determination. No one would have the audacity to die when you are doctoring them.
That must be why some people like dogs; they can be made to feel guilty about anything, including the sins of their owners. Cats refuse to take the blame for anything - including their own sins.
Fists and rocks and clubs can do a limited amount of harm, but a gun is entirely different. It makes a weak man feel like a hero and a strong man feel as if he is immortal, and it removes the last inhibition a killer might feel. You don't have to be close to a man to put a bullet in him. You don't have to have to see his face.
It was a needless precaution, I felt sure, but men always enjoy marching around with weapons and flexing their figurative muscles, and I saw no reason to deny them this harmless exercise.
Don't sound so surprised. I have sensible moments, you know.