The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground.
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- The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.
- The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
- Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
- True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
- Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
- There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.