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The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.

A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.

First deserve, and then desire.

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

If we were to be asked suddenly to give a definition of humility we would doubtless be greatly embarrassed.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.

In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins--not through strength but by perseverance.

Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity.

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.

Advice to writers Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.

Age does not make us childish, as some say it only finds us true children still.

Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anybody else.

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat.

Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win

When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.

Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.

There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.

I doubt that imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.