William Dean Howells - Quotes

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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 that he sees it. ---->>>

Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself. ---->>>

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.

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. ---->>>

There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things. ---->>>

Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice? ---->>>

It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom. ---->>>

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested. ---->>>

Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.

Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.

Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart. ---->>>

The book which you read from a sense of duty, or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you. ---->>>

If we like a man's dream, we call him a reformer; if we don't like his dream, we call him a crank. ---->>>

In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere. ---->>>

Primitive societies without religion have never been found. ---->>>

Tomorrow I shall be sixty-nine, but I do not seem to care. I did not start the affair, and I have not been consulted about it at any step. ---->>>

We are creatures of the moment; we live from one little space to another, and only one interest at a time fills these. ---->>>

You'll find as you grow older that you weren't born such a great while ago after all. The time shortens up. ---->>>

How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us? ---->>>

The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: March 1, 1837
Birthplace:
Die: 05-11, 1920
Occupation: Author
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William Dean Howells (; March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters". He was particularly known for his tenure as editor of The Atlantic Monthly, as well as for his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story "Christmas Every Day" and the novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria (wikipedia)