Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things so that they conform to this end.
It was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in.
I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.[Je n’étais peut-être pas sûr de ce qui m’intéressait réellement, mais j’étais tout à fait sûr de ce qui ne m’intéressait pas.]
When liberty is mentioned, we must always be careful to observe whether it is not really the assertion of private interests which is thereby designated.[Man muß, wenn von Freiheit gesprochen wird, immer wohl achtgeben, ob es nicht eigentlich Privatinteressen sind, von denen gesprochen wird.]
We take a natural interest in novelties, but it is against nature to take an interest in familiar things.
One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you.
Lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most.
A prudent ruler ought not to keep faith when by so doing it would be against his interest.[Non può pertanto un Signore prudente, nè debbe osservare la fede, quando tale osservanzia gli torni contro.]