Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

James Branch Cabell

American Novelist, Essayist

"A man possesses nothing certainly save a brief loan of his own body."

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."

"There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted."

"Your true... tragedy is enacted on the stage of a man’s soul, and with the man’s reasons as lone auditor."

"Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is."

"While it is well enough to leave footprints on the sands of time, it is even more important to make sure they point in a commendable direction."

"Patriotism is the religion of Hell."

"Write down on paper your goal in life. With that down in black and white, we really can get somewhere. Few can define their goal, much less write it. You cannot find happiness until your goal is clear in view."

"People marry for a variety of reasons and with varying results. But to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy."