44 Total Quotes

William Howells Quotes

How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us?
William Howells
#American Author #Luck

We are creatures of the moment; we live from one little space to another, and only one interest at a time fills these.
William Howells
#American Author #Interest

What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.
William Howells
#Tragedies #Ending

Her mouth is a honey-blossom,No doubt, as the poet sings;But within her lips, the petals,Lurks a cruel bee that stings.
William Howells
#Doubt

Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
William Howells
#American Author #Goodness

He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence
William Howells
#Silence

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself
William Howells
#Heart

Now I know that so long as we have social inequality we shall have snobs; we shall have men who bully and truckle, and women who snub and crawl. I know that it is futile to, spurn them, or lash them for trying to get on in the world, and that the world is what it must be from the selfish motives which underlie our economic life.
William Howells
#Inequality

Some people stay longer in an hour than others do in a month
William Howells
#People

A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it
William Howells
#Man

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
William Howells
#Action

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
William Howells
#Action #Performance

There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things.
William Howells
#American Author

The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.
William Howells
#American Author #Man

Yes, people that have convictions are difficult. Fortunately, they're rare.
William Howells
#People

Lord, for the erring thoughtNot into evil wrought:Lord, for the wicked willBetrayed and baffled still:For the heart from itself kept,Our thanksgiving accept.
William Howells
#Evil

Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?
William Howells
#American Author #Worth

You'll find as you grow older that you weren't born such a great while ago after all. The time shortens up.
William Howells
#American Author

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection
William Howells
#Man

If we like a man's dream, we call him a reformer; if we don't like his dream, we call him a crank.
William Howells
#American Author

The book which you read from a sense of duty, or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you.
William Howells
#American Author #Duty

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.
William Howells
#Praise