William Dean Howells

William Dean

American Novelist, Poet, Editor and Critic

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Those who work too much and those who rest too much.

Used to ingratitude from those he helped.

We who have neither youth nor beauty should always expect it.

Wit that tries its teeth upon everything.

Yes, there's sense in that. But the suddenly rich are on a level with any of us nowadays. Money buys position at once. I don't say that it isn't all right. The world generally knows what it's about, and knows how to drive a bargain. I dare say that it makes the new rich pay too much. But there's no doubt but money is to the fore now. It is the romance, the poetry of our age. It's the thing that chiefly strikes the imagination. The Englishmen who come here are more curious about the great new millionaires than about anyone else, and they respect them more. It's all very well. I don't complain of it.

Times when a man's city was a man's country.

Vacuous vulgarity.

We're company enough for ourselves.

With all her insight, to have very little artistic sense.

You cannot be at perfect ease with a friend who does not joke.

Tired themselves out in trying to catch up with him.

Visitors of the more inquisitive sex.

What he had done he owned to, good, bad, or indifferent.

Women don't seem to belong very much to themselves.

You can't go back to anything.

To be exemplary is as dangerous as to be complimentary.

Vulgarity: bad art to lug it in.

What I had not I could hope for without unreason.

Women talked their follies and men acted theirs.

You marry a man's future as well as his past.

To break new ground.

Walter-Scotticized, pseudo-chivalry of the Southern ideal.

What makes a better fashion change for a worse.

Wonder why we hate the past so??"It's so damned humiliating!"

You may do a great deal (of work), and not get on.

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American Novelist, Poet, Editor and Critic