Romance is the fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of things as they are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination.
Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
Philosophy- A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
Laughter is an interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
Ocean: A body of water occupying two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.
Politeness-The most acceptable hypocrisy.
The spiritual attitude of a man to a god and a dog to a man.
Painting the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Congratulations is the civility of envy.
Diplomacy-: The patriotic art of lying for one's country.
We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
Example is better than following it.
Patriotism- Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
Vote-The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
Ardor-The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.
Eulogy- Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
Pain: an uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis in something that is being done to the body, or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of others.
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
Genius - To know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.
Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Brain an apparatus with which we think we think.
Painting- The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
Opportunity- A favourable occasion for grasping a disappointment.
Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
Happiness- An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
INJUSTICE- A burden which of all those that we load upon others and carry ourselves is lightest in the hands and heaviest upon the back.
Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
Incompatibility: In matrimony, a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
Patience-a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
The palmist looks at the wrinkles made by closing the hand and says they signify character. The philosopher reads character by what the hand most loves to close upon.