The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.
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- I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
- We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected.
- There is nothing you can say in answer to a compliment. I have been complimented myself a great many times, and they always embarrass me –I always feel that they have not said enough.
- Nowadays the host does not admit you to his hearth, but has got the mason to build one for yourself somewhere in his alley, and hospitality is the art of keeping you at the greatest distance.
- He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.
- Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.