Today’s quotes are taken from literature, that is – from literary works of famous writers.
* Fame is a pearl many dive for and only a few bring up. Even when they do, it is not perfect, and they sigh for more, and lose better things in struggling for them. ~ Louisa May Alcott in Jo’s Boys
* It is far safer to know too little than too much. People will condemn the one, though they will resent being called upon to exert themselves to follow the other. ~ Samuel Butler in The Way of All Flesh
* The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! ~ Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest
* All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity, that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut. ~ Anne Bronte in Agnes Grey
* The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. ~ G. K. Chesterton in The Man Who Was Thursday
* One must be poor to know the luxury of giving! ~ George Eliot in Middlemarch
* Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. ~ Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice