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People are either born hosts or born guests.
 

People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
 

Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.
[Work]
 

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.
 

The dullard's envy of brilliant men is always assuaged by the suspicion that they will come to a bad end.
[Greatness]
 

The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
 

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.
[Memory]
 

There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
 

To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
 

To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
 

To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
[Helping Other People]
 

To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.
 

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people.
 

We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
 

When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
 

You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.
 

You will find my last words in the blue folder.
 

You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men.
 


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