It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong.
While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.
When men are about to commit, or to sanction the commission of some injustice, it is not uncommon for them to express pity for the object either of that or some parallel proceeding, and to feel themselves, at the time, quite virtuous and moral, and immensely superior to those who express no pity at all. This is a kind of upholding of faith above works, and is very comfortable.
When a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he laughs inwardly, it bodes no good to other people.
Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving — HOW NOT TO DO IT.
Throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.