The heaven of the envied is hell for the envious.
Were it possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches, perhaps we would endure our sadnesses with greater confidence than our joys. For they are moments when something new has entered into us, something unknown.
There are three wants which can never be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, "Anywhere but here."
To all, to each, a fair goodnight, And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich.
The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.
The virtues and the vices are all put in motion by interest.
Never cut what you can untie.
There is only one meaning of life, the act of living itself.
Many a sober Christian would rather admit that a wafer is God than that God is a cruel and capricious tyrant.
Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.
She was not a woman likely to settle for equality when sex gave her an advantage.
Acting is happy agony.
Nothing is too small to know, and nothing too big to attempt.
Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. . . . It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more.
Most of life is routine-dull and grubby, but routine is the mountain that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you'll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.
Father giving advice to son: Never do anything once around the house that you don't want to do for the rest of your life.
It is not power that corrupts but fear. The fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
Love is an ocean of emotions, entirely surrounded by expenses.
What treasures here do Mammon's sons behold! Yet know that all that which glitters is not gold.