Agnes Repplier Quotes
Agnes Repplier (April 1, 1855 [1858?] – December 15, 1950) was a well known American essayist
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It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world. Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal.
Erudition, like a bloodhound, is a charming thing when held firmly in leash, but it is not so attractive when turned loose upon a defenseless and unerudite public.
People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.
Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food, and few things in the world are more wearying than a sarcastic attitude towards life.
It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
There is a vast deal of make-believe in the carefully nurtured sentiment for country life, and the barefoot boy, and the mountain girl.
The essence of humor is that it should be unexpected, that it should embody an element of surprise, that it should startle us out of that reasonable gravity which, after all, must be our habitual frame of mind.
A real dog, beloved and therefore pampered by his mistress, is a lamentable spectacle. He suffers from fatty degeneration of his moral being.
It is difficult to admonish Frenchmen. Their habit of mind is unfavorable to preachment.
Tea had come as a deliverer to a land that called for deliverance; a land of beef and ale, of heavy eating and abundant drunkenness; of gray skies and harsh winds; of strong-nerved, stout-purposed, slow-thinking men and women. Above all, a land of sheltered homes and warm firesides - firesides that were waiting - waiting for the bubbling kettle and the fragrant breath of tea.
We owe to one another all the wit and good humour we can command; and nothing so clears our mental vistas as sympathetic and intelligent conversation.