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They are best dressed, whose dress no one observes.
– Anthony Trollope
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.
I do like a little romance… just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you haven’t got that.
I never knew a government yet that wanted to do anything.
It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
Never think that you’re not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
A man’s mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
Life is so unlike theory.
It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man’s interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.
It has been the great fault of our politicians that they have all wanted to do something.
There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall, we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper.
But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title.
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
It is a comfortable feeling to know that you stand on your own ground. Land is about the only thing that can’t fly away.
Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long, and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.
There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.
I ain’t a bit ashamed of anything.
I doubt whether any girl would be satisfied with her lover’s mind if she knew the whole of it.
I think the greatest rogues are they who talk most of their honesty.
When it comes to money nobody should give up anything.