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I put the words down and push them a bit.

I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners.

If politicians and scientists were lazier, how much happier we should all be.

In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.

It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.

Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.

Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in "Old Maid"; the player who is finally left with it has lost.

My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally.

Not everyone grows to be old, but everyone has been younger than he is now.

Of children as of procreation— the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.

One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.

Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son.

Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.

Professional reviewers read so many bad books in the course of duty that they get an unhealthy craving for arresting phrases.

Saints are simply men and women who have fulfilled their natural obligation which is to approach God.

The human mind likes a strange idea as little as the body likes a strange protein and resists it with a similar energy.

The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain number of the young of the nation while they are growing up.

There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.

What a man enjoys about a woman's clothes are his fantasies of how she would look without them.

What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?

When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.

Words should be an intense pleasure just as leather should be to a shoemaker.

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