“Some men find happiness in gluttony and in drunkenness, but no delicate viands can touch their taste with the thrill of pleasure, and what generosity there is in wine steadily refuses to impart its glow to their shriveled hearts.”
— Edwin Percy Whipple
“A large portion of human beings live not so much in themselves as in what they desire to be. They create what is called an ideal character, in an ideal form, whose perfections compensate in some degree for the imperfections of their own.”
“A thought embodied and embrained in fit words walks the earth a living being.”
“We like the fine extravagance of that philosopher who declared that no man was as rich as all men ought to be.”
“The bitterest satires and noblest eulogies on married life have come from poets.”
“What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make.”
“Wit implies hatred or contempt of folly and crime, produces its effects by brisk shocks of surprise, uses the whip of scorpions and the branding-iron, stabs, stings, pinches, tortures, goads, teases, corrodes, undermines.”
“Genius may be almost defined as the faculty of acquiring poverty.”
“Every style formed elaborately on any model must be affected and straight-laced.”
“The purity of the critical ermine, like that of the judicial, is often soiled by contact with politics.”
“An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.”
“A nation may be in a tumult to-day for a thought which the timid Erasmus placidly penned in his study more than two centuries ago.”
“Talent jogs to conclusions to which Genius takes giant leaps.”
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