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" A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends. "
" A great writer creates a world of his own and his readers are proud to live in it. A lesser writer may entice them in for a moment, but soon he will watch them filing out. "
" When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types. "
" It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book. "
" Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear. "
" The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore. "
" There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall. "
" Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present. "
" As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers. "
" Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. "
" A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent. "
" Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. "
" Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you. "
" Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether. "
" Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. "
" We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. "
" The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife. "
" All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others. "
" The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. "
" Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster. "
" Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. "
" Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose. "
" When we have ceased to love the stench of the human animal, either in others or in ourselves, then are we condemned to misery, and clear thinking can begin. "
" The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure. "
" The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above. "
" No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind. "
" The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence. "
" No one over thirty-five is worth meeting who has not something to teach us, - something more than we could learn for ourselves, from a book. "
" Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise. "
" Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness. "
" Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action. "