Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
Death is only a larger kind of going abroad.
There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
People are lucky and unlucky not according to what they get absolutely, but according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.
Young people have a marvelous faculty of either dying or adapting themselves to circumstances.
Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. If you look at it to admire it, you are lost.
Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.
To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.
The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
Justice is my being allowed to do whatever I like. Injustice is whatever prevents my doing so.
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
People are always good company when they are doing what they really enjoy.
People care more about being thought to have taste than about being thought either good, clever or amiable.