Talk is by far the most accessible of pleasures. It costs nothing in money, it is all profit, it completes our education, founds and fosters our friendships, and can be enjoyed at any age and in almost any state of health.
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- The very flexibility and ease which make men’s friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate –a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman’s bright eyes –he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.
- The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
- Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight; to see the sunrise in town and country; to be converted at a revival; to circumnavigate the metaphysics, write halting verses, run a mile to see a fire, and wait all day long in the theatre to applaud Hernani.
- For God’s sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
- The world is full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.
- You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?