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It is always safe to assume that people are more subtle and less sensitive than they seem.

It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.

Life is livable because we know that wherever we go most of the people we meet will be restrained in their actions toward us by an almost instinctive network of taboos.

Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.

Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times. The dancers don't even look at one another. They are just a lot of isolated individuals jiggling in a kind of self-hypnosis and dancing with others only to remind themselves that we are not completely alone in this world.

One kind word can warm three winter months.

Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.

Our concern is not how to worship in the catacombs but how to remain human in the skyscrapers.

Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must preserve appearances, a hundred things you cannot do; but inside, the terrible freedom!

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings.

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with 10,000 people. The hardest is with one.

The go-between wears out a thousand sandals.

The more you let yourself go, the less others let you go.

The opinions which we hold of one another, our relations with friends and kinsfolk are in no sense permanent, save in appearance, but are as eternally fluid as the sea itself.

The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.

The wisest man I have ever known once said to me: 'Nine out of every ten people improve on acquaintance,' and I have found his words true.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

There is a rule in sailing where the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable craft. I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relations as well.

There is no society or conversation to be kept up in the world without good nature, or something which must bear its appearance and supply its place. For this reason, mankind have been forced to invent a kind of artificial humanity, which is what we express by the word Good Breeding.


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