i. “A drawback to success in life is that failure, when it does come, acquires an exaggerated importance.” (P. G. Wodehouse).
ii. “Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few.” (George Berkeley).
iii. “It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.” (Jerome K. Jerome).
iv. “I don’t believe any man ever existed without vanity, and if he did he would be an extremely uncomfortable person to have anything to do with. He would, of course, be a very good man, and we should respect him very much. He would be a very admirable man—a man to be put under a glass case and shown round as a specimen—a man to be stuck upon a pedestal and copied, like a school exercise—a man to be reverenced, but not a man to be loved, not a human brother whose hand we should care to grip. Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their way, but we, poor mortals, in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company. Even mere good people are rather depressing. It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch one another and find sympathy. We differ widely enough in our nobler qualities. It is in our follies that we are at one.” (-ll-).
v. “A shy man’s lot is not a happy one. The men dislike him, the women despise him, and he dislikes and despises himself. […] A shy man means a lonely man—a man cut off from all companionship, all sociability. He moves about the world, but does not mix with it. Between him and his fellow-men there runs ever an impassable barrier—a strong, invisible wall that, trying in vain to scale, he but bruises himself against. He sees the pleasant faces and hears the pleasant voices on the other side, but he cannot stretch his hand across to grasp another hand. He stands watching the merry groups, and he longs to speak and to claim kindred with them. But they pass him by, chatting gayly to one another, and he cannot stay them. He tries to reach them, but his prison walls move with him and hem him in on every side. In the busy street, in the crowded room, in the grind of work, in the whirl of pleasure, amid the many or amid the few—wherever men congregate together, wherever the music of human speech is heard and human thought is flashed from human eyes, there, shunned and solitary, the shy man, like a leper, stands apart. His soul is full of love and longing, but the world knows it not. The iron mask of shyness is riveted before his face, and the man beneath is never seen.” (-ll-).
vi. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.” (James Boswell).
vii. “Men might as well project a voyage to the Moon as attempt to employ steam navigation against the stormy North Atlantic Ocean.” (Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793-1859). Many more quotes of a similar nature here).
viii. “We pity in others only those evils which we have ourselves experienced.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau).
ix. “All that time is lost which might be better employed.” (-ll-).
x. “Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage against oneself.” (-ll-).
xi. “Remorse sleeps during a prosperous period but wakes up in adversity.” (-ll-).
xii. “Hatred, as well as love, renders its votaries credulous.” (-ll-).
xiii. “He that is choice of his time will be choice of his company, and choice of his actions.” (Jeremy Taylor).
xiv. “To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.” (Max Beerbohm).
xv. “Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.” (Joseph Hall).
xvi. “If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.” (Donald Marquis).
xvii. “Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.” (Garrison Keillor)
xviii. “Once I believed that sooner or later I would come across a really wise person; today I couldn’t even say what wisdom is.” (Fausto Cercignani).
xix. “If you are living in the past or in the future, you will never find a meaning in the present.” (-ll-)
xx. “A secret remains a secret until you make someone promise never to reveal it.” (-ll-)
Update: According to the category count, this is the 150th post of quotes here on this blog (the category cloud seems to be slow to update the number, but I assume it’ll do it eventually).
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