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Agnes Repplier

  • American writer
  • Born April 1, 1855
  • Died November 15, 1950

Agnes Repplier (April 1, 1855 – December 15, 1950) was an American essayist.


Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult at times because they had nobody to talk about.




It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants, from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.




Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.




It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.




It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert, gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.




We cannot really love anyone with with whom we never laugh.




There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.




Edged tools are dangerous things to handle, and not infrequently do much hurt.




The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it.




The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.




People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are very much in the way of civilization.




The diseases of the present have little in common with the diseases of the past save that we die of them.




Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their earthly pedestals.




It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.




A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there.




There is always a secret irritation about a laugh into which we cannot join.




The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them.




Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.




It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us. It is the elation that comes of swift contact with tingling currents of thought.




Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.




It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind, as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.




The pessimist is seldom an agitating individual. His creed breeds indifference to others, and he does not trouble himself to thrust his views upon the unconvinced.



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