“All of us have to be prevaricators, hypocrites, and liars every day of our lives; otherwise the social structure would fall into pieces the first day. We must act in one another's presence just as we must wear clothes. It is for the best” >>>
Heart of the West
“No friendship is an accident. ” >>>
The Complete Works of O. Henry
“I wanted to paint a picture some day that people would stand before and forget that it was made of paint. I wanted it to creep into them like a bar of music and mushroom there like a soft bullet.” >>>
The Gift of the Magi
“Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” >>>
“You sold a story last week," said Pettit, "about a gun fight in an Arizona mining town in which the hero drew his Colt's .45 and shot seven bandits as fast as they came in the door. Now, if a six-shooter could—"
"Oh, well," said I, "that's different. Arizona is a long way from New York. I could have a man stabbed with a lariat or chased by a pair of chaparreras if I wanted to, and it wouldn't be noticed until the usual error-sharp from around McAdams Junction isolates the erratum and writes in to the papers about it." (from "The Plutonian Fire")” >>>
“Each of us, when our day's work is done, must seek our ideal, whether it be love or pinochle or lobster í la Newburg, or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.” >>>
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
“It ain't the roads we take; it's what's inside of us that makes us turn out the way we do.” >>>
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