Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.
Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.
No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, ‘Can he name a kitten?’
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once.
Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.