IdleHearts / Samuel Butler
All dogs know what most humans don’t that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not be rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
People are lucky and unlucky according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect.
Youth is like spring, an overpraised season.
There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the rule.
Silence is not always tact, and it is tact that is golden – not silence.
Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.