The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.
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- The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? You may say the wisest thing you can, old man, — you who have lived seventy years, not without honor of a kind, — I hear an irresistible voice which invites me away from all that.
- You must get your living by loving, or at least half your life is a failure.
- To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.
- Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
- You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can.
- Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it.