Top 21 William Dean Howells Quotes

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“The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.”

― William Dean Howells

“It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom.”

― William Dean Howells

“Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.”

― William Dean Howells

“Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?”

― William Dean Howells

“There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things.”

― William Dean Howells

“The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.”

― William Dean Howells

“The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.”

― William Dean Howells

“How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us?”

― William Dean Howells

“He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence.”

― William Dean Howells

“Primitive societies without religion have never been found.”

― William Dean Howells

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

― William Dean Howells

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

― William Dean Howells

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

― William Dean Howells

“A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it’s too late to let her know that he sees it.”

― William Dean Howells

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

― William Dean Howells

“If we like a man’s dream, we call him a reformer; if we don’t like his dream, we call him a crank.”

― William Dean Howells

“The book which you read from a sense of duty, or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you.”

― William Dean Howells

“In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere.”

― William Dean Howells

“The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.”

― William Dean Howells

“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.”

― William Dean Howells

“Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.”

― William Dean Howells
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