I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
— Thomas Carlyle
Life is a tragedy to those who feel and a comedy to those who think.
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but— I hope— into a better shape.
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.
— Beryl Markham, West With The Night
If little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you
Little by little
If suddenly you forget me
Do not look for me
For I shall already have forgotten you
If you think it long and mad the wind of banners that passes through my life
And you decide to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots
That on that day, at that hour, I shall lift my arms
And my roots will set off to seek another land.
— Pablo Neruda, Selected Poems
I am not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous.
— Alexander Pushkin
However stupid a fools words may be, they are sometimes enough to confound an intelligent man.
— Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls
Remember, we can judge better by the conduct of people towards others than by their manner towards ourselves.
— Maria Edgeworth, The Absentee
I have heard men talk about the blessings of freedom,” he said to himself, “but I wish any wise man would teach me what use to make of it now that I have it.
— Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
It is always assumed by the empty-headed, who chatter about themselves for want of something better, that people who do not discuss their affairs openly must have something to hide.
— Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot
People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed!
— William Shakespeare