The youth of an art is, like the youth of anything else, its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger, but we care less about it.
The want of money is the root of all evil.
It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.
Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.
Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
The sinews of art and literature, like those of war, are money.
Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours. Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since.
A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.
Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor.
Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it, and buy clothes and send their children to school with it.
If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.
I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.
Let every man be true and every god a liar.
A man's friendships are, like his will, invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends.
They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
From a worldly point of view, there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.
Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science.
The history of art is the history of revivals.
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
Is life worth living? This is a question for an embryo not for a man.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.
The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.
Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.
To know God better is only to realize how impossible it is that we should ever know him at all. I know not which is more childish to deny him, or define him.
Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
Our minds want clothes as much as our bodies.
The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
When you've told someone that you've left them a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.
There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.
The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
Faith - you can do very little with it, but you can do nothing without it.
Morality is the custom of one's country and the current feeling of one's peers.
If I die prematurely I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.
He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
For truth is precious and divine, too rich a pearl for carnal swine.
Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.
Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.
Truth might be heroic, but it was not within the range of practical domestic politics.
For as whipp'd tops and bandied balls,The learned hold, are animals;So horses they affirm to beMere engines made by geometry"
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.
What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth.
The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything.
Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.
A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
When people talk of atoms obeying fixed laws, they are either ascribing some kind of intelligence and free will to atoms or they are talking nonsense. There is no obedience unless there is at any rate a potentiality of disobeying.
To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.
Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?
A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.
When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented.
In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.
Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.
This world is like Noah's Ark. In which few men but many beasts embark.
Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
Our own death is a premium which we must pay for the far greater benefit we have derived from the fact that so many people have not only lived but also died before us.
The three most important things a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money, and his religious opinions.
There should be asylums for habitual teetotalers, but they would probably relapse into teetotalism as soon as they got out.
The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to treatment, of pessimism as to the outcome
It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and seeing it practiced
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once
One who is proud of ancestry is like a turnip there is nothing good of him but that which is underground
Peter remained on friendly terms with Christ notwithstanding Christ's having healed his mother-in-law.
If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly, there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
Words are clothes that thoughts wear
Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can --it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money, but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order.
Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime
The world is naturally averse to all truth it sees or hears but swallows nonsense and a lie with greediness and gluttony.
We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them.
All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
We all love best not those who offend us least, nor those who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if it had been called The Old Sailor.
Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.
God was satisfied with his own work, and that is fatal.
In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
It is tact that is golden, not silence.
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name.
Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.
The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
The extremes of vice and virtue are alike detestable, and absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is.
The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
Be virtuous and you will be vicious.
God as now generally conceived of is only the last witch.
Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.
We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms.
Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.
Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.
A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy - but he who has shown the better temper.
Life is not an exact science, it is an art.
It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.
There is no true gracefulness which is not epitomized goodness.
Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying or adapting themselves to circumstances.
Look before you leap for as you sow, ye are like to reap.
If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.
We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason.