Perhaps no poet is a conscious plagiarist, but there seems to be warrant for suspecting that there is no poet who is not at one time or another an unconscious one.
Wherein lies a poet's claim to originality? That he invents his incidents? No. That he was present when his episodes had their birth? No. That he was first to repeat them? No. None of these things has any value. He confers on them their only originality that has any value, and that is his way of tel
We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.
I have thought many times since that if poets when they get discouraged would blow their brains out, they could write very much better when they got well.
War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. Victor
Do not economize on the hymeneal rites; do not prune them of their splendor, nor split farthings on the day when you are radiant. A wedding is not house-keeping.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring. Victor
A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn.
Tobacco is the plant that converts thoughts into dreams.
Toleration is the best religion. Victor
Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars
Is it not a thing divine to have a smile which, none know how, has the power to lighten the weight of that enormous chain which all the living in common drag behind them?
Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it. Victor
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
She worked in order to live, and presently fell in love, also in order to live, for the heart, too, has its hunger.
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me. . . . For half a century I have been writing thoughts in prose, verse, history, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, and song
Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.
The convent is supreme egotism resulting in supreme self-denial.
The saints were his friends, and blessed him; the monsters were his friends, and guarded him.
What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French.
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost -that is to say, one of the elements, whether good or bad, which have shaped and complicated civilization -is to extend the scope of social observation and to serve civilization.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life. Victor Hug
There is a material advancement; we desire it. There is, also, a moral grandeur; we hold fast to it.
Science says the first word on everything, and the last word on nothing.