Cynicism is a sure sign of youth.
...I had grown up in a world that was dominated by immature age. Not by vigorous immaturity, but by immaturity that was old and tired and prudent, that loved ritual and rubric, and was utterly wanting in curiosity about the new and the strange. Its era has passed away, and the world it made has crum
I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember.
Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
I have written chiefly because, though I have often dreaded the necessity, I have found it more painful, in the end, not to write.
though pleasure may be purchasable, happiness cannot be bought for a price.
nations decay from within more often than they surrender to outward assault.
Borrowed illusions are better than none ...
I never saw the man yet that came out of politics as clean as he went into 'em ...
Women are one of the Almighty's enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do.
Women like to sit down with trouble - as if it were knitting.
The government's like a mule, it's slow and it's sure; it's slow to turn, and it's sure to turn the way you don't want it.
... beauty, like ecstasy, has always been hostile to the commonplace. And the commonplace, under its popular label of the normal,has been the supreme authority for Homo sapiens since the days when he was probably arboreal.
Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted. Ellen Glasgo
Nothing in life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
Conscience represents a fetich to which good people sacrifice their own happiness, bad people their neighbors'.
Nothing is more trying than nerves to people who have none.
[Reformers] might be classified as a distinct species having eyes in the back of their heads.
I ain't never seen no head so level that it could bear the lettin' in of politics.
There is no support so strong as the strength that enables one to stand alone.
Women like to sit down with trouble - as if it were knitting. Ellen Glasgo
True goodness is an inward grace, not an outward necessity.
There is in every human being, I think, a native country of the mind, where, protected by inaccessible barriers, the sensitive dream life may exist safely.
In her single person she managed to produce the effect of a majority.
there are times when life surprises one, and anything may happen, even what one had hoped for.
The hardest thing for me is the sense of impermanence. All passes; nothing returns.
In the past few years, I have made a thrilling discovery ... that until one is over sixty, one can never really learn the secret of living. One can then begin to live, not simply with the intense part of oneself, but with one's entire being.
Energy had fastened upon her like a disease.
You look as if you lived on duty and it hadn't;t agreed with you.
Some women enjoy unhappy love affairs, you know, though I have always felt that they are greatly overrated.