You cannot find peace by avoiding life.
If we help an educated man's daughter to go to Cambridge are we not forcing her to think not about education but about war? - not how she can learn, but how she can fight in order that she might win the same advantages as her brothers?
Language is wine upon the lips.
It is fatal to be a man or woman pure and simple: one must be a woman manly, or a man womanly.
A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
It is far more difficult to murder a phantom than a reality.
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