Agnes Repplier Quotes | Quotes by Agnes Repplier

1There is something frightful in being required to enjoy and appreciate all masterpieces; to read with equal relish Milton, and Dante, and Calderon, and Goethe, and Homer, and Scott, and Voltaire, and Wordsworth, and Cervantes, and Molière, and Swift.

2The gayety of life, like the beauty and the moral worth of life, is a saving grace, which to ignore is folly, and to destroy is crime. There is no more than we need; there is barely enough to go round.

3The comfortable thing about the study of history is that it inclines us to think hopefully of our own times.

4It is difficult to admonish Frenchmen. Their habit of mind is unfavorable to preachment.

5The dog is guided by kindly instinct to the man or woman whose heart is open to his advances. The cat often leaves the friend who courts her, to honor, or to harass, the unfortunate mortal who shudders at her unwelcome caresses.

6Humor, in one form or another, is characteristic of every nation; and reflecting the salient points of social and national life, it illuminates those crowded corners which history leaves obscure.

7it is not every tourist who bubbles over with mirth, and that unquenchable spirit of humor which turns a trial into a blessing.

8In the stress of modern life, how little room is left for that most comfortable vanity that whispers in our ears that failures are not faults! Now we are taught from infancy that we must rise or fall upon our own merits; that vigilance wins success, and incapacity means ruin

9English civilization rests largely upon tea and cricket, with mighty spurts of enjoyment on Derby Day, and at Newmarket.

10Science may carry us to Mars, but it will leave the earth peopled as ever by the inept.

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11Men who believe that, through some exceptional grace or good fortune, they have found God, feel little need of culture.

12There is a natural limit to the success we wish our friends, even when we have spurred them on their way.

13The man who never tells an unpalatable truth 'at the wrong time' (the right time has yet to be discovered) is the man whose success in life is fairly well assured.

14When the milk of human kindness turns sour, it is a singularly unpalatable draught.

15I wonder what especial sanctity attaches itself to fifteen minutes. It is always the maximum and the minimum of time which will enable us to acquire languages, etiquette, personality, oratory ... One gathers that twelve minutes a day would be hopelessly inadequate, and twenty minutes a wasteful and ridiculous excess.

16fair play is less characteristic of groups than of individuals.

17A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, and minus common sense.

18By providing cheap and wholesome reading for the young, we have partly succeeded in driving from the field that which was positively bad; yet nothing is easier than to overdo a reformation, and, through the characteristic indulgence of American parents, children are drugged with a literature whose chief merit is its harmlessness.

19The cat dwells within the circle of her own secret thoughts.

20If we go to church we are confronted with a system of begging so complicated and so resolute that all other demands sink into insignificance by its side.

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21Economics and ethics have little in common.

22If we could make up our minds to spare our friends all details of ill health, of money losses, of domestic annoyances, of altercations, of committee work, of grievances, provocations, and anxieties, we should sin less against the world's good-humor. It may not be given us to add to the treasury of mirth; but there is considerable merit in not robbing it.

23The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.

24Humor hardens the heart, at least to the point of sanity.

25abroad it is our habit to regard all other travelers in the light of personal and unpardonable grievances. They are intruders into our chosen realms of pleasure, they jar upon our sensibilities, they lessen our meager share of comforts, they are everywhere in our way, they are always an unnecessary feature in the landscape.

26Anyone, however, who has had dealings with dates knows that they are worse than elusive, they are perverse. Events do not happen at the right time, nor in their proper sequence. That sense of harmony with place and season which is so strong in the historian--if he be a readable historian--is lamentably lacking in history, which takes no pains to verify his most convincing statements.

27It is not begging but the beggar, who has forfeited favor with the elect.

28It is bad enough to be bad, but to be bad in bad taste is unpardonable.

29A dead grief is easier to bear than a live trouble.

30In those happy days when leisure was held to be no sin, men and women wrote journals whose copiousness both delights and dismays us.

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31The party which is out sees nothing but graft and incapacity in the party which is in; and the party which is in sees nothing but greed and animosity in the party which is out.

32People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.

33Just as we are often moved to merriment for no other reason than that the occasion calls for seriousness, so we are correspondingly serious when invited too freely to be amused.

34No rural community, no suburban community, can ever possess the distinctive qualities that city dwellers have for centuries given to the world.

35The cure-alls of the present day are infinitely various and infinitely obliging. Applied psychology, autosuggestion, and royal roads to learning or to wealth are urged upon us by kindly, if not altogether disinterested, reformers. Simple and easy systems for the dissolution of discord and strife; simple and easy systems for the development of personality and power. Booklets of counsel on 'How to Get What We Want,' which is impossible; booklets on 'Visualization,' warranted to make us want what we get, which is ignoble.

36Woman is quick to revere genius, but in her secret soul she seldom loves it.

37I am seventy years old, a gray age weighted with uncompromising biblical allusions. It ought to have a gray outlook, but it hasn't, because a glint of dazzling sunshine is dancing merrily ahead of me.

38An historian without political passions is as rare as a wasp without a sting.

39Wit is a thing capable of proof.

40Personally, I do not believe that it is the duty of any man or woman to write a novel. In nine cases out of ten, there would be greater merit in leaving it unwritten.

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41Friendship takes time.

42I do strive to think well of my fellow man, but no amount of striving can give me confidence in the wisdom of a congressional vote.

43to be civilized is to be incapable of giving unnecessary offense, it is to have some quality of consideration for all who cross our path.

44The vanity of man revolts from the serene indifference of the cat.

45Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.

46The carefully fostered theory that schoolwork can be made easy and enjoyable breaks down as soon as anything, however trivial, has to be learned.

47A man who owns a dog is, in every sense of the words, its master; the term expresses accurately their mutual relations. But it is ridiculous when applied to the limited possession of a cat.

48It is not the office of a novelist to show us how to behave ourselves; it is not the business of fiction to teach us anything.

49It is the steady and merciless increase of occupations, the augmented speed at which we are always trying to live, the crowding of each day with more work than it can profitably hold, which has cost us, among other things, the undisturbed enjoyment of friends. Friendship takes time, and we have no time to give it.

50To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.

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51Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times, because they had nobody to talk about.

52Lovers of the town have been content, for the most part, to say they loved it. They do not brag about its uplifting qualities. They have none of the infernal smugness which makes the lover of the country insupportable.

53Philadelphians are every whit as mediocre as their neighbors, but they seldom encourage each other in mediocrity by giving it a more agreeable name.

54History is, and has always been trameled by facts. It may ignore some and deny others; but it cannot accommodate itself unreservedly to theories; it cannot be stripped of things evidenced in favor of things surmised.

55whereas the dog strives to lessen the distance between himself and man, seeks ever to be intelligent and intelligible, and translates into looks and actions the words he cannot speak, the cat dwells within the circle of her own secret thoughts.

56Miserliness is the one vice that grows stronger with increasing years. It yields its sordid pleasures to the end.

57It is impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.

58There is nothing in the world so enjoyable as a thorough-going monomania.

59Traveling is, and has always been, more popular than the traveler.

60Necessity knows no Sunday.