When your success hovers from one person to the other, it will definitely get to someone who will regard it as failure.
I represent the public, not public opinion.
Constance: Tell me, what happened to William’s little maid? I never saw her again after that dinner.
Mary Maceachran: Elsie? — She’s gone.
Constance: Oh, it’s a pity, really. I thought it was a good idea to have someone in the house who is actually sorry he’s dead.
The genres, it is thought, have other designs on us. They want to entertain, as opposed to rubbing our noses in the daily grit produced by the daily grind. Unhappily for realistic novelists, the larger reading public likes being entertained.
Dr. Lister, who treated the wounded Pres. Garfield, had been so stung by the medical establishment’s reaction to his embrace of African-American doctors that he, in response, refused to do part from the status quo enough to considering using antiseptic techniques.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an old person who would trade in a true friend for any amount of popularity or fame. You’d also be hard-pressed to find a young person who wouldn’t.
Back then: to be regarded as well-known, one had to be great. Today: to be regarded as great, one has to be well-known.
The fact that everyone is doing something does not mean that’s the right things.
A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful.
Americans talked about voters the same way Russians talked about Stalin. They had to be obeyed.