Agnes Repplier Quotes


People fed on sugared praises cannot be expected to feel an appetite for the black broth of honest criticism.

Cats even when robust have scant liking for the boisterous society of children and are apt to exert their utmost ingenuity to escape it. Nor are they without adult sympathy in their prejudice.

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.

What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!

If everybody floated with the tide of talk placidity would soon end in stagnation. It is the strong backward stroke which stirs the ripples and gives animation and variety.

The party which is out sees nothing but graft and incapacity in the party which is in; and the party which is in sees nothing but greed and animosity in the party which is out.

The choice of a topic which will bear analysis and support enthusiasm is essential to the enjoyment of conversation.

Whatever has "wit enough to keep it sweet" defies corruption and outlasts all time; but the wit must be of that outward and visible order which needs no introduction or demonstration at our hands.

People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.

the labors of the true critic are more essential to the author even than to the reader.

Wit is the salt of conversation not the food and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life.

A man who owns a dog is in every sense of the words its master; the term expresses accurately their mutual relations. But it is ridiculous when applied to the limited possession of a cat.

There are many ways of asking a favor; but to assume that you are granting the favor that you ask shows spirit and invention.

Neatness of phrase is so closely akin to wit that it is often accepted as its substitute.

The man who never tells an unpalatable truth 'at the wrong time' (the right time has yet to be discovered) is the man whose success in life is fairly well assured.

The sanguine assurance that men and nations can be legislated into goodness that pressure from without is equivalent to a moral change within needs a strong backing of inexperience.

It is not depravity that afflicts the human race so much as a general lack of intelligence.

Resistance which is the function of conservatism is essential to orderly advance.

The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.

It is difficult to admonish Frenchmen. Their habit of mind is unfavorable to preachment.

Our dogs will love and admire the meanest of us and feed our colossal vanity with their uncritical homage.

Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times because they had nobody to talk about.

Just as we are often moved to merriment for no other reason than that the occasion calls for seriousness so we are correspondingly serious when invited too freely to be amused.

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert gentle and discriminating friends who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.

The English possess too many agreeable traits to permit them to be as much disliked as they think and hope they are.

Philadelphians are every whit as mediocre as their neighbors but they seldom encourage each other in mediocrity by giving it a more agreeable name.

For indeed all that we think so new to-day has been acted over and over again a shifting comedy by the women of every century.

Erudition like a bloodhound is a charming thing when held firmly in leash but it is not so attractive when turned loose upon a defenseless and unerudite public.

But self-satisfaction if as buoyant as gas has an ugly trick of collapsing when full blown and facts are stony things that refuse to melt away in the sunshine of a smile.

The worst in life we are told is compatible with the best in art. So too the worst in life is compatible with the best in humour.

it is not every tourist who bubbles over with mirth and that unquenchable spirit of humor which turns a trial into a blessing.

While art may instruct as well as please it can nevertheless be true art without instructing but not without pleasing.

Everybody is now so busy teaching that nobody has any time to learn.

Letter-writing on the part of a busy man or woman is the quintessence of generosity.

Bargaining is essential to the life of the world; but nobody has ever claimed that it is an ennobling process.

There is a vast deal of make-believe in the carefully nurtured sentiment for country life and the barefoot boy and the mountain girl.

In those happy days when leisure was held to be no sin men and women wrote journals whose copiousness both delights and dismays us.

Humor brings insight and tolerance.

We may fail of our happiness strive we ever so bravely; but we are less likely to fail if we measure with judgement our chances and our capabilities.

The least practical of us have some petty thrift dear to our hearts some one direction in which we love to scrimp.

What strange impulse is it which induces otherwise truthful people to say they like music when they do not and thus expose themselves to hours of boredom?

A dead grief is easier to bear than a live trouble.

There is no illusion so permanent as that which enables us to look backward with complacency; there is no mental process so deceptive as the comparing of recollections with realities.

real letter-writing ... is founded on a need as old and as young as humanity itself the need that one human being has of another.

A real dog beloved and therefore pampered by his mistress is a lamentable spectacle. He suffers from fatty degeneration of his moral being.

To have given pleasure to one human being is a recollection that sweetens life.

It is bad enough to be bad but to be bad in bad taste is unpardonable.

Believers in political faith-healing enjoy a supreme immunity from doubt.

It is not the office of a novelist to show us how to behave ourselves; it is not the business of fiction to teach us anything.

The soul begins to travel when the child begins to think.

It is not begging but the beggar who has forfeited favor with the elect.

If we go to church we are confronted with a system of begging so complicated and so resolute that all other demands sink into insignificance by its side.

The carefully fostered theory that schoolwork can be made easy and enjoyable breaks down as soon as anything however trivial has to be learned.

The cat dwells within the circle of her own secret thoughts.

The vanity of man revolts from the serene indifference of the cat.

No rural community no suburban community can ever possess the distinctive qualities that city dwellers have for centuries given to the world.

fair play is less characteristic of groups than of individuals.

Humor in one form or another is characteristic of every nation; and reflecting the salient points of social and national life it illuminates those crowded corners which history leaves obscure.

the most comfortable characteristic of the period [1775-1825] and the one which incites our deepest envy is the universal willingness to accept a good purpose as a substitute for good work.

the most charming thing about youth is the tenacity of its impressions.

Letters form a by-path of literature a charming but occasional retreat for people of cultivated leisure.

There is an optimism which nobly anticipates the eventual triumph of great moral laws and there is an optimism which cheerfully tolerates unworthiness.

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever and generally stopping before it gets there.

to be civilized is to be incapable of giving unnecessary offense it is to have some quality of consideration for all who cross our path.

The clear-sighted do not rule the world but they sustain and console it.

We owe to one another all the wit and good humour we can command; and nothing so clears our mental vistas as sympathetic and intelligent conversation.

Innovations to which we are not committed are illuminating things.

Economics and ethics have little in common.

A puppy is but a dog plus high spirits and minus common sense.

The friendships of nations built on common interests cannot survive the mutability of those interests.

The tourist may complain of other tourists but he would be lost without them.

A world of vested interests is not a world which welcomes the disruptive force of candor.

Like simplicity and candor and other much-commented qualities enthusiasm is charming until we meet it face to face and cannot escape from its charm.

I do strive to think well of my fellow man but no amount of striving can give me confidence in the wisdom of a congressional vote.

To be brave in misfortune is to be worthy of manhood; to be wise in misfortune is to conquer fate.

Wit is a thing capable of proof.

The human race may be divided into people who love cats and people who hate them; the neutrals being few in numbers and for intellectual and moral reasons not worth considering.

A vast deal of ingenuity is wasted every year in evoking the undesirable in the careful construction of objects which burden life. Frankenstein was a large rather than an isolated example.

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.

It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.

English civilization rests largely upon tea and cricket with mighty spurts of enjoyment on Derby Day and at Newmarket.

The universality of a custom is pledge of its worth.

This is the sphinx of the hearthstone the little god of domesticity whose presence turns a house into a home.

The diseases of the present have little in common with the diseases of the past save that we die of them.

Need drives men to envy as fullness drives them to selfishness.

Wit is as infinite as love and a deal more lasting in its qualities.

When the milk of human kindness turns sour it is a singularly unpalatable draught.

The delusions of the past seem fond and foolish. The delusions of the present seem subtle and sane.

Guests are the delight of leisure and the solace of ennui.

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.

Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.

People with theories of life are perhaps the most relentless of their kind for no time or place is sacred from their devastating elucidations.

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

Men who believe that through some exceptional grace or good fortune they have found God feel little need of culture.

Life is so full of miseries minor and major; they press so close upon us at every step of the way that it is hardly worthwhile to call one another's attention to their presence.

Every misused word revenges itself forever upon a writer's reputation.

Every true American likes to think in terms of thousands and millions. The word 'million' is probably the most pleasure-giving vocable in the language.

Edged tools are dangerous things to handle and not infrequently do much hurt.

A man who listens because he has nothing to say can hardly be a source of inspiration. The only listening that counts is that of the talker who alternately absorbs and expresses ideas.

Next to the joy of the egotist is the joy of the detractor.

The earliest voice listened to by the nations in their infancy was the voice of the storyteller.

Science may carry us to Mars but it will leave the earth peopled as ever by the inept.

Humor distorts nothing and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.

No man pursues what he has at hand. No man recognizes the need of pursuit until that which he desires has escaped him.

There is nothing in the world so enjoyable as a thorough-going monomania...

Too much rigidity on the part of teachers should be followed by a brisk spirit of insubordination on the part of the taught.

If history in the making be a fluid thing it swiftly crystallizes.

People who pin their faith to a catchword never feel the necessity of understanding anything.

Friendship takes time.

The pitfall of the feminist is the belief that the interests of men and women can ever be severed; that what brings sufferings to the one can leave the other unscathed.

There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.

There are few things more wearisome in a fairly fatiguing life than the monotonous repetition of a phrase which catches and holds the public fancy by virtue of its total lack of significance.

Sleep sweetly in the fields of asphodel and waken as of old to stretch thy languid length and purr thy soft contentment to the skies.

Art... does not take kindly to facts is helpless to grapple with theories and is killed outright by a sermon.

We cannot hope to scale great moral heights by ignoring petty obligations.

The necessity of knowing a little about a great many things is the most grievous burden of our day. It deprives us of leisure on the one hand and of scholarship on the other.

The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.

the tea-hour is the hour of peace ... strife is lost in the hissing of the kettle - a tranquilizing sound second only to the purring of a cat.

An historian without political passions is as rare as a wasp without a sting.

The comfortable thing about the study of history is that it inclines us to think hopefully of our own times.

Humor hardens the heart at least to the point of sanity ...

We know when we have had enough of a friend and we know when a friend has had enough of us. The first truth is no more palatable than the second.

Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature and is purifying only in so far as there is a natural and unschooled goodness in the human heart.

There is always a secret irritation about a laugh into which we cannot join.

There is always a secret irritation about a laugh in which we cannot join

It takes time and trouble to persuade ourselves that the things we want to do are the things we ought to do.

History is not written in the interests of morality.

For my part the good novel of character is the novel I can always pick up; but the good novel of incident is the novel I can never lay down.

There is nothing in the world so incomprehensible as the joke we do not see.

Miserliness is the one vice that grows stronger with increasing years. It yields its sordid pleasures to the end.

There is a natural limit to the success we wish our friends even when we have spurred them on their way.

We are tethered to our kind and may as well join hands in the struggle.

Necessity knows no Sunday.

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives.

Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.

There is no liberal education for the under-languaged.

What puzzles most of us are the things which have been left in the movies rather than the things which have been taken out.

Love is a malady the common symptoms of which are the same in all patients ...

Personally I do not believe that it is the duty of any man or woman to write a novel. In nine cases out of ten there would be greater merit in leaving it unwritten.

Traveling is and has always been more popular than the traveler.

Woman is quick to revere genius but in her secret soul she seldom loves it.

It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.

It is impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.

It is unwise to feel too much if we think too little.

Where there is no temptation there is no virtue.

It has been wisely said that we cannot really love anybody at whom we never laugh.