Sir Arthur Helps
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.
Offended vanity is the great separator in social life.
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.
It is better in some respects to be admired by those with whom you live, than to be loved by them. And this is not on account of any gratification of vanity, but because admiration is so much more tolerant than love.