Quotes by William Dean Howells

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

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.
He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence.
Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.
I know, indeed, of nothing more subtle satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from a fine physical state. It cannot be bought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.
The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom.
The sort of men and women that marriage enslaves would be vastly more wretched and mischievous, if they were set free. I believe that the hell people make for themselves isn't at all a bad place for them. It's the best place for them.