Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

William Dean Howells

American Novelist, Poet, Editor and Critic

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

"Wonderful to me how it should remain so unintelligible."

"Words of learned length and thundering sound."

"Work gives the impression of an uncommon continuity."

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

"World made up of two kinds of people."

"World seems to always come out at the same hole it went in at!"

"Worldlier than the world."

"World's memory is equally bad for failure and success."

"Worst came it was not half so bad as what had gone before."

"Wrote them first and last in the spirit of Dickens."

"Yes, people that have convictions are difficult. Fortunately, they're rare."

"Yes, there's sense in that. But the suddenly rich are on a level with any of us nowadays. Money buys position at once. I don't say that it isn't all right. The world generally knows what it's about, and knows how to drive a bargain. I dare say that it makes the new rich pay too much. But there's no doubt but money is to the fore now. It is the romance, the poetry of our age. It's the thing that chiefly strikes the imagination. The Englishmen who come here are more curious about the great new millionaires than about anyone else, and they respect them more. It's all very well. I don't complain of it."

"You cannot be at perfect ease with a friend who does not joke."

"You can't go back to anything."

"You marry a man's future as well as his past."

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

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

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