The French want no-one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.
A negative judgment gives you more satisfaction than praise, provided it smacks of jealousy.
The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
A sequel is an admission that you’ve been reduced to imitating yourself.
It takes all sorts of people to make the underworld.
The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.
There is hardly a pioneer’s hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin.
Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.
There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of the descendants who boast of ancestors. I would rather start a family than finish one. Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.