Never think that you're not good enough. A man should never think that. People will take you very much at your own reckoning.
And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman.
It has now become the doctrine of a large clan of politicians that political honesty is unnecessary, slow, subversive of a man's interests, and incompatible with quick onward movement.
Passionate love, I take it, rarely lasts long, and is very troublesome while it does last. Mutual esteem is very much more valuable.
A man's mind will very gradually refuse to make itself up until it is driven and compelled by emergency.
When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall, we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper.
My sweetheart is to me more than a coined hemisphere.
Marvelous is the power which can be exercised, almost unconsciously, over a company, or an individual, or even upon a crowd by one person gifted with good temper, good digestion, good intellects, and good looks.
A woman's life is not perfect or whole till she has added herself to a husband. Nor is a man's life perfect or whole till he has added to himself a wife.
Oxford is the most dangerous place to which a young man can be sent.
There is no royal road to learning; no short cut to the acquirement of any art.
The true picture of life as it is, if it could be adequately painted, would show men what they are, and how they might rise, not, indeed to perfection, but one step first, and then another on the ladder.
As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.
The satirist who writes nothing but satire should write but little - or it will seem that his satire springs rather from his own caustic nature than from the sins of the world in which he lives.
It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
Love is like any other luxury. You have no right to it unless you can afford it.
Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
I do like a little romance... just a sniff, as I call it, of the rocks and valleys. Of course, bread-and-cheese is the real thing. The rocks and valleys are no good at all, if you haven't got that.
Wine is valued by its price, not its flavour.