Famous quotes by Writers


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"Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch"
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"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition"
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"Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed"
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"We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard"
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"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well"
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"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law"
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"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked"
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"He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead"
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"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered"
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"The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work"
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"It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue"
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"The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write"
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"I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes"
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"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning"
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"Comedy, we may say, is society protecting itself - with a smile"
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"Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people"
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"The belief in some being who can be the judge of all human matters is a very comfortable one - all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded"
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"One failure is worth seven and a half successes"
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"Most people are awaiting Virtual Reality; I'm awaiting virtuous reality"
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"Historian: an unsuccessful novelist"
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"Love does not dominate; it cultivates"
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"The Soul debases her self, when she sets her affections on any thing but her creator"
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"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit"
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"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone"
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"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing"
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"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home"
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"It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it"
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"The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence"
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"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself"
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"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion"
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