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" A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. "
" An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind. "
" One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea. "
" Honor sinks where commerce long prevails. "
" The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other. "
" All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape. "
" Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders. "
" The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. "
" You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor. "
" An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle. "
" Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell. "
" Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them. "
" So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable. "
" The real essence of work is concentrated energy. "
" The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it. "
" We must not let daylight in upon the magic. "
" A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself. "
" Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world. "
" Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits. "
" A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. "
" The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything. "
" A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault. "
" What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind. "
" It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations. "
" The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen. "
" No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation. "
" The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be. "
" No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist. "
" The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it. "
" The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds. "
" Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success. "