Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.
There's always one who loves and one who lets himself be loved.
As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.
There is nothing so terrible as the pursuit of art by those who have no talent.
Oh, it's always the same,' she sighed, 'if you want men to behave well to you, you must be beastly to them; if you treat them decently they make you suffer for it.
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom, and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.
Nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.
Art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand.
I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't.
The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
Life is so largely controlled by chance that its conduct can be but a perpetual improvisation.
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, 'I don't know.'
There are men whose sense of humour is so ill developed that they still bear a grudge against Copernicus because he dethroned them from the central position in the universe. They feel it a personal affront that they can no longer consider themselves the pivot upon which turns the whole of created things.
Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. When things are at their worst I find something always happens.
We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
There are few things so pleasant as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
I'd sooner be smashed into a mangled pulp by a bus when we cross the street than look forward to a life like yours.
If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault, not hers.
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary-it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
There are two good things in life - freedom of thought and freedom of action.
The fact that a great many people believe something is no guarantee of its truth.
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.
The well dressed man is he whose clothes you never notice
You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.
You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.
An author spends months writing a book, and maybe puts his heart's blood into it, and then it lies about unread till the reader has nothing else in the world to do.
Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
How can I be reasonable? To me our love was everything and you were my whole life. It is not very pleasant to realize that to you it was only an episode.
It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved.