Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent. Life would be tolerable but for its amusements. Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long. Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can't sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can't sleep with the window open. Marriage is good enough for the lower classes: they have facilities for desertion that are denied to us. Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity. Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability. Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience. Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. Most people do not pray; they only beg. My reputation grows with every failure. Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him. No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect. No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious. Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done. Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.