Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.
All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next worst his reputation.
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he is dead.
If I die prematurely I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success.
The history of the world is the record of the weakness, frailty and death of public opinion.
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.
There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.
If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death.
Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.