People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.
It is absurd for the Evolutionist to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything.
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
It [feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.
Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it.
The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
If there were no God, there would be no atheists.
To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.
The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
The simplification of anything is always sensational.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.