William Dean Howells

William Dean

American Novelist, Poet, Editor and Critic

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To break new ground.

Walter-Scotticized, pseudo-chivalry of the Southern ideal.

What makes a better fashion change for a worse.

Wonder why we hate the past so??"It's so damned humiliating!"

You may do a great deal (of work), and not get on.

Tomorrow I shall be sixty-nine, but I do not seem to care. I did not start the affair, and I have not been consulted about it at any step.

Want something hard, don't you know; but I want it to be easy.

What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.

Wonderful to me how it should remain so unintelligible.

You were not afraid, and you were not bold; you were just right.

Tone was a snuffle expressive of deep-seated affliction.

Wasted face, and his gay eyes had the death-look.

What we thought ruin, but what was really release.

Words of learned length and thundering sound.

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

The old and ugly are fastidious as to the looks of others.

Trace no discrepancy between reading his plays and seeing them.

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

Whatever choice you make, you are pretty sure to regret it.

Work gives the impression of an uncommon continuity.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Tried to like whatever they bade me like.

We can trace the operation of evil in the physical world?but I am more and more puzzled about it in the moral world. There its course is often so very obscure; and often it seems to involve, so far as we can see, no penalty whatsoever.

Whatever is established is sacred with those who do not think.

Work not truly priced in money cannot be truly paid in money.

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American Novelist, Poet, Editor and Critic