If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
I'm not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Life is the art of being well deceived; and in order that the deception may succeed it must be habitual and uninterrupted.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
Rules and models destroy genius and art.
There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.
The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.
Satirists gain the applause of others through fear, not through love.
I would like to spend the whole of my life traveling, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend at home.
Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else.
Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.
Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.
Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.