Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
Friendship is Love without his wings!
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.
Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.
Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
The heart will break, but broken live on.
Adversity is the first path to truth.
Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.
Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.
This man is freed from servile bands, Of hope to rise, or fear to fall; Lord of himself, though not of lands, And leaving nothing, yet hath all.
Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt In solitude, where we are least alone.
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
Yes, love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire.
I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.
There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.
Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.
They never fail who die in a great cause.
A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.
Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure.
Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
The best prophet of the future is the past.
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.
There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
The 'good old times' - all times when old are good.
Absence - that common cure of love.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
All farewells should be sudden, when forever.
What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.
The busy have no time for tears.
Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.
I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.
But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of Existence; the least touch of truth rubs it off, and then we see what a hollow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.
Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile.
There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.
'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print. A book's a book, although there's nothing in 't.
'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.
This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.
The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity.
Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge.
If I could always read, I should never feel the want of company.
Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people.
Society is now one polished horde, formed of two mighty tries, the Bores and Bored.
Prolonged endurance tames the bold.
Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.
I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves.
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions.
The dew of compassion is a tear.
Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at?
Fame is the thirst of youth.
If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.
Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction.
Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now.
For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.
Who loves, raves.
I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.
For what were all these country patriots born? To hunt, and vote, and raise the price of corn?
I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.
I am acquainted with no immaterial sensuality so delightful as good acting.
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire - in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
'Tis very certain the desire of life prolongs it.
Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.
A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends.
There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
A thousand years may scare form a state. An hour may lay it in ruins.
For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debts, you have no idea of the pain it gives one.
Her great merit is finding out mine - there is nothing so amiable as discernment.
Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
Smiles form the channels of a future tear.
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.
What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.
In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue - is hypocrisy.
The reading or non-reading a book will never keep down a single petticoat.
Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country.
The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch.
Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down.
What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.
A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.
Sometimes we are less unhappy in being deceived by those we love, than in being undeceived by them.
Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men.
I have no consistency, except in politics; and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether.
Man is born passionate of body, but with an innate though secret tendency to the love of Good in his main-spring of Mind. But God help us all! It is at present a sad jar of atoms.