I was a modest, good-humored boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
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The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
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There is much to be said for failure. It is more interesting than success.
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Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
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The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.
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One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
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To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
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Nobody ever died of laughter.
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Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
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She was one of those people who said I don't know anything about music, but I know what I like.
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Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
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It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
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No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
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To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.
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Beerbohm, Sir Max

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