I dislike modern memoirs. They are generally written by people who have either entirely lost their memories, or have never done anything worth remembering.
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- Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
- I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
- There is no such thing as a moral book or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. That is all.
- There are people who can write their memoirs with a reasonable amount of honesty, and there are people who simply cannot take themselves seriously enough. I think I might be the first to admit that the sort of reticence which prevents a man from exploiting his own personality is really an inverted sort of egotism.
- In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin.
- There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not.