He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
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- If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.
- It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes.
- Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
- Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
- Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.
- Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart’s blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.