Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
Logan Smith (1865 - 1946)
Contributed by: Zaady
To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
There is one thing that matters - to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.
We grow with years more fragile in body, but morally stutter, and can throw off the chill of a bad conscience almost at once.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.
Source: All Trivia, "Last Words" (1933).
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
But why wasn't I born, alas, in an age of Adjectives; why can one no longer write of silver-shedding Tears and moon-tailed Peacocks, of eloquent Death, of the Negro and star-enameled Night?
Source: More Trivia: Adjectives, 1921
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