Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.
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- A man who is a politician at forty is a statesman at three score and ten. It is at this age, when he would be too old to be a clerk or a gardener or a police-court magistrate, that he is ripe to govern a country.
- If forty million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie.
- Love is what happens to a man and woman who don’t know each other.
- Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job.
- For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.
- It’s very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.