Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe
A rich man is an honest man—no thanks to him; for he would be a double knave to cheat mankind when he had no need of it. Discuss Daniel Defoe

Mark Twain

Mark Twain
Faith is believing what you know ain’t so. Discuss Mark Twain

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley
Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people! Discuss Mary Shelley

E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshiper may one day be required to suffer. Discuss E. M. Forster

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Discuss Alexander Hamilton

Henry Fielding

Henry Fielding
I never reasoned on what I should do, but what I had done; as if my Reason had her eyes behind, and could only see backwards. Discuss Henry Fielding

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne
The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure—that is the choicest of all. Discuss Nathaniel Hawthorne

Poem of the day – Tears by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Poem of the day -  Tears by Elizabeth  Barrett Browning
THANK God, bless God, all ye who suffer notMore grief than ye can weep for. That is well–That is light grieving ! lighter, none befellSince Adam forfeited the primal lot.Tears ! what are tears ? The babe weeps in its cot,The mother singing, at her marriage-bellThe bride weeps, and before the oracleOf high-faned hills the ...

P. G. Wodehouse

P. G. Wodehouse
He would always feel for her that impersonal admiration which is inspired by anything very large, like the Empire State Building or the Grand Canyon of Arizona. Discuss P. G. Wodehouse

Henry James

Henry James
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting. Discuss Henry James