The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
The fragrance of the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.
To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly everybody will side with you when you are in the right.
There ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
From his cradle to the grave, a man never does a single thing which has any first and foremost object save one-to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for himself.
To be busy is man's only happiness.
To get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Happiness is a Swedish sunset; it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.
Lord save us all from ... a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man - the biography of the man himself cannot be written.
It isn't so astonishing, the number of things that I can remember, as the number of things I can remember that aren't so.
Man - a creature made at the end of the week's work when God was tired.
Make money and the whole world will conspire to call you a gentleman.
Necessity is the mother of taking chances.
Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds.