- Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
- He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop.
- Heaven never helps the men who will not act.
- I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.
- In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigor it will give your style.
- Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
- Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
- Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?—how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
- That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.
- The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
- We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.
- Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.
- What would life be without arithmetic, but a scene of horrors?
- What you don't know would make a great book.
- [on being teased about talking to himself] I always address myself to the most intelligent