All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by half used minds; for it is the mind that makes the body.
Love beautifies every romance and justifies every audacity.
People marry for companionship, not for debauchery.
If a person is a bare fool, the folly will get worse, not better, by a long life's practice.
The only service a friend ca really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
It's not natural not to be happy.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation, because occupation means preoccupation: and the preoccupied person is neither happy nor unhappy, but simply alive and active, which is pleasanter than any happiness until you are tired of it. That is why it is necessary to happiness that one should be tired. Music after dinner is pleasant; music before breakfast is so unpleasant as to be clearly unnatural. To people who are not overworked holidays are a nuisance. To people who are, and who can afford them, they are troublesome necessity. A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
Any person under the age of thirty, who, having any knowledge of the existing social order, is not a revolutionist, is an inferior.
...you cannot resist a plot when the whole world is a party to it.
Unless the highest court can be set in motion by the humblest individual justice is a mockery.
Everything has its own rate of change. Fashions change more quickly than manners, manners more quickly than morals, morals more quickly than passions, and in general, the conscious, reasonable, intelectual life more quickly than instinctive, wilful, affectionate one.
I cannot tell you what I am the best at; for best is a rank that I have not yet attained.
...we cannot completely educate a child; for its education can end only with its life and will not even then be complete.
He who ca, does. He who cannot, teaches.
Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them;that's the essence of inhumanity.
...although treating people like human beings may not always produce the result which the selfish interests of the operator lead him to expect, there is no other possible way of treating them.
The modern actor shudders when he sees his name in small letters.
The writer who aimes at producing the platitudes which are „ not for an age, but for all time” has his reward in being unreadable in all ages...
Great works in fiction are the ardous victories of great minds over great imaginations.
My reputation as a dramatist grows with every play of mine that is not performed.
You will always find that when one man has a tight grip of meaning of a word, and another man has a loose and perpetually shifting one, the latter always accuses the former of quibbling.
Consistency is not always a virtue; but spelling becomes a will o' the wisp without it.
Common people do not pray...they only beg.