The less I understood of this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance.
There can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk; to be affable, gay, ready, clear, and welcome.
Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.
Fear is the strong passion; it is with fear that you must trifle, if you wish to taste the intensest joys of living.
It was no longer the fear of the gallows, it was the horror of being Hyde that racked me.
Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.
Dogs live with man as courtiers 'round a monarch, steeped in the flattery of his notice ... to push their favor in this world of pickings and caresses is, perhaps, the business of their lives.
Part 2. To feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.
To be overwise is to ossify; and the scruple-monger ends by standing stockstill.
Once I guessed right, And I got credit by't; Thrice I guessed wrong, And I kept my credit on.
You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
With a strong strong glow of courage, drank off the potion.
Lastly (and this is, perhaps, the golden rule), no woman should marry a man who does not smoke.
Idleness so called, which does not consist in doing nothing, but in doing a great deal not recognized in the dogmatic formularies of the ruling class, has as good a right to state its position as industry itself.
No human being ever spoke of scenery for above two minutes at a time, which makes me suspect that we hear too much of it in literature.
Good and evil are so close as to be chained together in the soul.
In anything fit to be called by the name of reading, the process itself should be absorbing and voluptuous; we should gloat over a book, be rapt clean out of ourselves.
Even if the doctor does not give you a year, even if he hesitates about a month, make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
I sat in the sun on a bench; the animal within me licking the chops of memory; the spiritual side a little drowsed, promising subsequent penitence, but not yet moved to begin.
An aspiration is a joy forever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasurable activity.
When we look in to the long avenue of the future, and see the good there is for each one of us to do, we realize, after all, what a beautiful thing it is to work, and to live, and to be happy.
From time to time, talk becomes effective, conquering like war, widening like boundaries of knowledge like an exploration.
For the forest takes away from you all excuse to die. There is nothing here to cabin or thwart your free desires. Here all impudences of the brawling world reach you no more.
Going for character: why not now, and where you stand?
To cast in it with Hyde was to die a thousand interests and aspirations.
The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
The rain is falling all around, It falls on field and tree, It rains on the umbrellas here, And on the ships at sea. -- Rain.
The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
If you would grow great and stately,
You must try to walk sedately.
By the time a man gets well into his seventies his continued existence is a mere miracle.
Man is not truly one, but truly two even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.
Every man is his own doctor of divinity, in the last resort.
Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
It is a better thing by far that the lad should break his neck, than that you should break his spirit.
Lastly no woman should marry a teetotaller, or a man who does not smoke. It is not for nothing that this "ignoble tobagie" as Michelet calls it, spreads all over the world.
I have seen wicked men and fools, a great many of both; and I believe they both get paid in the end; but the fools first.
The true wisdom is to be always seasonable, and to change with a good grace in changing circumstances.
To forget oneself is to be happy.
Live life to the fullest.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quient mind.
In the harsh face of life faith can read a bracing gospel.
Suicide carried off many. Drink and the devil took care of the rest.
To the old our mouths are always partly closed; we must swallow our obvious retorts and listen. They sit above our heads, on life's raised dais, and appeal at once to our respect and pity.
One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal Green -- one more, and my bosom Feels new life with an ecstasy.
You must suffer me to go my own dark way.
Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name.
It is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.
Everyone lives by selling something.
Age may have one side, but assuredly Youth has the other. There is nothing more certain than that both are right, except perhaps that both are wrong.
Sightseeing is the art of disappointment.
Bright is the ring of words When the right man rings them.
Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
A friend is a gift you give yourself.
There is a romance about all those who are abroad in the black hours.
It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face?
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.
If a man lives to any considerable age, it can not be denied that he laments his imprudences, but I notice he often laments his youth a deal more bitterly and with a more genuine intonation.
The fact is, we are much more afraid of life than our ancestors, and cannot find it inourhearts either tomarry or not tomarry.Marriage isterrifying, but so is a cold and forlorn old age.
Fiction is to grown men what play is to the child.
Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
An intelligent person, looking out of his eyes and hearkening in his ears, with a smile on his face all the time, will get more true education than many another in a life of heroic vigils.
An intelligent person, looking out of his eyes and hearkening in his ears, with a smile on his face all the time, will get more true education than many another in a life of heroic vigils".
Well, well, Henry James is pretty good, though he is of the nineteenth century, and that glaringly.
I had learned to dwell with pleasure, as a beloved daydream, on the thought of the separation of these elements.
I had learned to dwell with pleasure as a beloved daydream on the thought of the separation of these elements. If each I told myself could be housed in separate identities life would be relieved of all that was unbearable the unjust might go his way delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path doing the good things in which he found his pleasure and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil.
I am told there are people who do not care for maps, and I find it hard to believe.
Extreme busyness, whether at school or college, kirk or market, is a symptom of deficient vitality.
The world has no room for cowards.
The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die.
A birdie with a yellow bill Hoped upon the window sill, Cocked his shining eye and said: 'Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-'ead?
But besides that I was of an unforgiving disposition from my birth, slow to take offense, slower to forget it, and now incensed both against my companion and myself.
The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget.
The very flexibility and ease which make men's friendships so agreeable while they endure, make them the easier to destroy and forget. And a man who has a few friends, or one who has a dozen (if there be any one so wealthy on this earth), cannot forget on how precarious a base his happiness reposes; and how by a stroke or two of fate -- a death, a few light words, a piece of stamped paper, a woman's bright eyes -- he may be left, in a month, destitute of all.
Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end.
You have no idea, unless you have tried it, how endlessly long is a summer's day, that you measure out only by hunger, and bring to an end only when you are drowsy.
All human beings are commingled out of good and evil.
When a torrent sweeps a man against a boulder, you must expect him to scream, and you need not be surprised if the scream is sometimes a theory.
Some places speak distinctly. Certain dark gardens cry aloud for a murder; certain old houses demand to be haunted; certain coasts are set apart for shipwreck.
The devil, depend upon it, can sometimes do a very gentlemanly thing.
Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
Everyday life is a stimulating mixture of order and haphazardry. The sun rises and sets on schedule but the wind bloweth where it listeth.
Jealousy is the most radical primeval and naked form of admiration in war paint, so to speak.
So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.
Half a capital and half a country town, the whole city leads a double existence; it has long trances of the one and flashes of the other; like the king of the Black Isles, it is half alive and half a monumental marble.
A good conscience is eight parts of courage.
If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.
We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear.
When you first girded for this arduous track, and under various whimsical pretexts endowed another with your damned defects, could you have dreamed in your despondent vein.
Love- what is love? A great and aching heart; Wrung hands; and silence; and a long despair.
The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbours good. One person I have to make good: myself.
There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.
The obscurest epoch is today.
If he be Mr. Hyde" he had thought, "I shall be Mr. Seek.
The cruelest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his teeth, and yet come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.
The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.
Keep busy at something: a busy person never has time to be unhappy.
A man finds he has been wrong at every stage of his career, only to deduce the astonishing conclusion that he is at last entirely right.
You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there long before any of us.
The problem of education is twofold: first to know, and then to utter. Everyone who lives any semblance of an inner life thinks more nobly and profoundly than he speaks.
Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral: a thing as simple and specious as a statue to the first glance, and yet on examination, as lively and interesting as a forest in detail.
In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.
And every day when I've been good, I get an orange after food.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
No man is useless while he has a friend.
There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but primarily by catchwords.
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords; and the little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.
Ice and iron cannot be welded.
A great part of life consists in contemplating what we cannot cure.
Life is not a matter of holding good cards.
Anyone can carry their burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do their work, however hard, for one day.
Anyone can carry his burden, however heavy, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
Every child can remember laying his head in the grass, staring into the infinitesimal forest and seeing it grow populous with fairy armies.
Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
Being happy enables you to be free from domination by the outside world.
Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
Many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese -- toasted mostly.
Natural talk like plowing, should turn up a large surface of life, rather than dig mines.
You can kill the body but not the spirit.
Noble disappointment, noble self-denial are not to be admired, not even to be pardoned, if they bring bitterness. It is one thing to enter the kingdom of heaven maim; another to maim yourself and stay without.
I incline to Cain's heresy," he used to say quaintly: "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way.
Alas! in the clothes of the greatest potentate, what is there but a man?
The true success is to labour.
To be feared of a thing and yet to do it, is what makes the prettiest kind of a man.
I smoke a pipe abroad, because
To all cigars I much prefer it,
And as I scorn you social laws,
My choice has nothing to deter it.
We are not content to pass away entirely from the scenes of our delight; we would leave, if but in gratitude, a pillar and a legend.
Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends?
In the law of God, there is no statute of limitations.
It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
We must accept life for what it actually is -- a challenge to our quality without which we should never know of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.
No baggage -- there was the secret of existence.
You seem to me to be a pretty lucky young man; keep your eyes open to your mercies. That part of piety is eternal; and the man who forgets to be grateful has fallen asleep in life.
Do not measure success by today's harvest. Measure success by the seeds you plant today.
We had each of us some whimsy in the brain, which we believed more than anything else, and which discoloured all experience to its own shade.
If this is death, it is easier than life.
A happy man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note. He or she is a radiating focus of goodwill; and their entrance into a room is as though another candle had been lighted.
This simple accident of falling in love is as beneficial as it is astonishing.
That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
A bottle of good wine, like a good act, shines ever in the retrospect.
The sun was getting up, and mortal white he looked about the cutwater. But, there he was, and the six all dead -- dead and buried.
When I say writing, O believe me, it is rewriting that I have chiefly in mind.
There is but one art, to omit.
There is but one art, to omit! Oh, if I knew how to omit I would ask no other knowledge. A man who knows how to omit would make an Iliad of a daily paper.
You can read Kant by yourself, if you wanted to; but you must share a joke with someone else.
Every man has a sane spot somewhere.
Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.
You start a question, and it's like starting a stone. You sit quietly on the top of a hill; and away the stone goes, starting others.
If your morals make you dreary, depend upon it they are wrong.
The price we have to pay for money is sometimes liberty.
Sir, with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth.
The young demand joy like a right -- the old only wish to be spared unbearable pain." Robert Louis Stevenson.
Although I express myself with some degree of pleasantry, the purport of my words is entirely serious.
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
Those little people, my brownies, who do one half of my work for me while I am fast asleep, and in all human likelihood do the rest for me as well, when I am wide awake and fondly suppose I do for myself.
We all know what Parliament is, and we are all ashamed of it.
Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
The child that is not clean and neat,
With lots of toys and things to eat,
He is a naughty child, I'm sure --
Or else his dear Papa is poor.
Good talk is like an impromptu piece of acting where each should represent himself to greatest advantage.
It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser.
You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese-toasted, mostly-and woke up again, and here I were.
It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity.
Sing a song of seasons; something bright in all, flowers in the summer, fires in the fall.
And if a man reads very hard, as the old anecdote reminds us, he will have little time for thought.
For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.
For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!
Trusty, dusky, vivid, true,
With eyes of gold and bramble-dew,
Steel-true and blade-straight,
The great artificer made my mate.
To love is the great amulet that makes this world a garden.
Truth in spirit, not truth to the letter, is the true veracity.
Truth in spirit, not truth to the letter, is the true veracity,.
I will make you brooches and toys for your delight Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night. I will make a palace fit for you and me Of green days in forests and blue days at sea.
The gauger walked with willing foot, And aye the gauger played the flute; And what should Master Gauger play But Over the Hills and Far Away.
The friendly cow, all red and white, I love with all my heart; She gives me cream with all her might, To eat with apple-tart.
To be truly happy is a question of how we begin, and not how we end, of what we want and not what we have.
It is a mere illusion that, above a certain income, the personal desires will be satisfied and leave a wider margin for the generous impulse.
He was in that humour when a man will cut off his nose to spite his face.
When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.
If you had the pluck of a weevil in a biscuit, you would catch them!
And he began to understand what a wild game we play in life; he began to understand that a thing once done cannot be undone nor changed by saying "I am sorry!"
All sorts of allowances are made for the illusions of youth, and none, or almost none for the disenchantment of age.
Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other, both in mind and body.
Let any one speak long enough, he will get believers.
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
To believe in immortality is one thing, but it is first needful to believe in life.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.
Extreme busyness is a symptom of deficient vitality, and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.
I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.
The spirit, Sir, is one of mockery.
There comes an end to all things; the most capacious measure is filled at last; and this brief condescension to evil finally destroyed the balance of my soul.
Since hate poisons the soul, don't cherish enmities or grudges: avoid people who make you unhappy.
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
The first experience can never be repeated. The first love, the first sun-rise, the first South Sea Island, are memories apart, and touched a virginity of sense.
When I was a boy, I was a bit puzzled, and hardly knew weather it was myself or the world that was curious and worth looking into. Now I know that it is myself, and stick to that.
Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
Teacher, tender comrade, wife, A fellow-farer true through life.
Old is the tree and the fruit good,
Very old and thick the wood.
Woodman, is your courage stout?
Beware! the root is wrapped about
Your mother's heart, your father's bones;
And like the mandrake comes with groans.
Whenever the moon and stars are set,
Whenever the wind is high,
All night long in the dark and wet,
A man goes riding by.