Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

William Dean Howells

American Novelist, Poet, Editor and Critic

"Tired themselves out in trying to catch up with him."

"To be exemplary is as dangerous as to be complimentary."

"To break new ground."

"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."

"Tone was a snuffle expressive of deep-seated affliction."

"Trace no discrepancy between reading his plays and seeing them."

"Tried to like whatever they bade me like."

"True to an ideal of life rather than to life itself."

"Truth is beyond invention."

"Two branches of the novelist's trade: Novelist and Historian."

"Under a fire of conjecture and asseveration."

"Understood when I've said something that doesn't mean anything."

"Unfailing American kindness."

"Unless we prefer a luxury of grief."

"Used to ingratitude from those he helped."

"Vacuous vulgarity."

"Visitors of the more inquisitive sex."

"Vulgarity: bad art to lug it in."

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

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

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

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

"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."

"We cannot all be hard-working donkeys."

"We change whether we ought, or not."

"We did not know that we were poor."

"We have never ended before, and we do not see how we can end."

"We live, but a world has passed away"

"We live, but a world has passed away with the years that perished to make us men."

"We see nothing whole, neither life nor art."

"We who have neither youth nor beauty should always expect it."

"We're company enough for ourselves."

"What he had done he owned to, good, bad, or indifferent."

"What I had not I could hope for without unreason."

"What makes a better fashion change for a worse."

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

"What we thought ruin, but what was really release."

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

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

"When she's really sick, she's better."

"When to be an agnostic was to be almost an outcast."

"When was love ever reasoned?"

"Whether every human motive was not selfish."

"Wide leisure of a country village."

"Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart."

"Wishes of a mistress who did not know what she wanted"

"Wit that tries its teeth upon everything."

"With all her insight, to have very little artistic sense."

"Women don't seem to belong very much to themselves."

"Women talked their follies and men acted theirs."