Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
I used to be good friends with my depression, saying oh I'm so depressed, or life is terrible.
But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.
A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Life's pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a pirate, after all.
I owe much to my friends; but, all things considered, it strikes me that I owe even more to my enemies. The real person springs life under a sting even better than under a caress.
What good is it to live a life that brings pains?
I would prefer as friend a good man ignorant than one more clever who is evil too.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.
Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
I found the right man, got married, and just had to keep not reinventing myself, just deciding that it doesn't matter what you are if you are a good person.
You fall into my arms. You are the good gift of destruction's path, When life sickens more than disease. And boldness is the root of beauty. Which draws us together.
As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.
The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
I will begin with this confession: whatever I have done in the course of my life, whether it be good or evil, has been done freely; I am a free agent.
And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.