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Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.
I always arrive late at the office, but I make up for it by leaving early.
How some they have died, and some they have left me, And some are taken from me; all are departed; All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
I have had playmates, I have had companions; In my days of childhood, in my joyful school days - All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
A poor relation—is the most irrelevant thing in nature.
How convalescence shrinks a man back to his pristine stature! where is now the space, which he occupied so lately, in his own, in the family's eye?
For God's sake (I never was more serious) don't make me ridiculous any more by terming me gentle-hearted in print.
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
Of all sound of all bells... most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year.
We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been.
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have nonsense respected.
Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts.
I am in love with this green Earth.
We grow gray in our spirit long before we grow gray in our hair.
I mean your borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Those evening bells! those evening bells! How many a tale their music tells Of youth and home, and that sweet time When last I heard their soothing chime!
This world is all a fleeting show, For man's illusion given The smiles of joy, the tears of woe, Deceitful shine, deceitful flow, Theres nothing true but Heaven.
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.
The trumpet does not more stun you by its loudness, than a whisper teases you by its provoking inaudibility.
No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam.
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.
A sweet child is the sweetest thing in nature.
No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference.
Coleridge declares that a man cannot have a good conscience who refuses apple dumplings, and I confess that I am of the same opinion.
A man cannot have a pure mind who refuses apple dumplings.
Oh for a tongue to curse the slave Whose treason, like a deadly blight, Comes o'er the councils of the brave, And blasts them in their hour of might!
A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.
Dr Parr...asked him, how he had acquired his power of smoking at such a rate? Lamb replied, 'I toiled after it, sir, as some men toil after virtue.'
I have been trying all my life to like Scotchmen, and am obliged to desist from the experiment in despair.
A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigour of the game.
May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest.
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
Pain is life - the sharper, the more evidence of life.
I am in love with the green earth.
How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man’s self to himself!
For with G. D., to be absent from the body is sometimes (not to speak profanely) to be present with the Lord.
We encourage one another in mediocrity.
Brandy and water spoils two good things.
We do not go to the theatre like our ancestors, to escape from the pressure of reality, so much as to confirm our experience of it.
Shall I ask the brave soldier who fights by my side In the cause of mankind, if our creeds agree?
Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
A Persian's heaven is eas'ly made: 'T is but black eyes and lemonade.
We are nothing; less than nothing, and dreams. We are only what might have been, and must wait upon the tedious shores of Lethe millions of ages before we have existence, and a name.
My only books Were woman's looks,- And folly 's all they 've taught me.
To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.
The red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days.