William Howells Quotes

19 William Howells quotes:

"The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise."
"How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us?"
"We are creatures of the moment; we live from one little space to another, and only one interest at a time fills these."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Interest Quotes
"Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart."
"There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things."
"The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested."
"Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?"
"You'll find as you grow older that you weren't born such a great while ago after all. The time shortens up."
"If we like a man's dream, we call him a reformer; if we don't like his dream, we call him a crank."
"The book which you read from a sense of duty, or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you."
"Tomorrow I shall be sixty-nine, but I do not seem to care. I did not start the affair, and I have not been consulted about it at any step."
"In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and . . . in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: America Quotes
"Her mouth is a honey-blossom,No doubt, as the poet sings;But within her lips, the petals,Lurks a cruel bee that stings."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: Doubt Quotes
"I know, indeed, of nothing more subtle satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from a fine physical state. It cannot be bought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward."
"We live, but a world has passed awayWith the years that perished to make us men."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: Men Quotes
"It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: Soul Quotes Voice Quotes
"He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence"
Author: Howells Quotes Category: Silence Quotes
"Her mouth is a honey-blossom, No doubt, as the poet sings; But within her lips, the petals, Lurks a cruel bee that stings."
Author: Howells Quotes Category: Poet Quotes

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