The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once.
Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.
Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.
It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.
In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.
It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.
When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.
The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
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.
We are not won by arguments that we can analyse but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself.
Christ: I dislike him very much. Still, I can stand him. What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.
The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfying the Irish nation.
I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek long when they are exalted.
My main wish is to get my books into other people's rooms, and to keep other people's books out of mine.