I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.
What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?
The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy... what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be?
Though there are some disagreeable things in Venice there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.
I intend to judge things for myself; to judge wrongly, I think, is more honorable than not to judge at all.
Until you try, you don't know what you can't do.
I would give all I possess to get out of myself; but somehow, at the end, I find myself so vastly more interesting than nine tenths of the people I meet.
She had an immense curiosity about life, and was constantly staring and wondering.
To take what there is in life and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived, to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that; this, doubtless, is the right way to live.
The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.
And remember this, that if you've been hated, you've also been loved.
You must save what you can of your life; you musn't lose it all simply because you've lost a part.
One doesn't defend one's god: one's god is in himself a defense.
Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.
Never say you know the last word about any human heart.
Young men of this class never do anything for themselves that they can get other people to do for them, and it is the infatuation, the devotion, the superstition of others that keeps them going. These others in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred are women.
Excellence does not require perfection.
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
I'm yours for ever-for ever and ever. Here I stand; I'm as firm as a rock. If you'll only trust me, how little you'll be disappointed. Be mine as I am yours.
We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have.
It is no wonder he wins every game. He has never done a thing in his life exept play games
True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self; but the point is not only to get out - you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.
Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.
Don't pass it by-the immediate, the real, the only, the yours.
If one is strong, one loves the more strongly.
I ought to tell you I'm probably your cousin.
Writing is not primarily escape, but use.
Americans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup.
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
I have performed the necessary butchery. Here is the bleeding corpse.
Of course what he most intensely dreams of is being taken out on walks, and the more you are able to indulge him the more will he adore you and the more all the latent beauty of his nature will come out.
Money's a horrid thing to follow, but a charming thing to meet.
Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.
In art economy is always beauty.
Her reputation for reading a great deal hung about her like the cloudy envelope of a goddess in an epic.