The unfortunate emphasis on networking – which ought to mean only ingratiating oneself with useful people, not trying to use them on the spot – has meant that no one has time off to have fun

I have now attained the true art of letter-writing, which we are always told, is to express on paper what one would say to the same person by word of mouth

He may not be worn out, but may have earned a studious leisure which may be far from unproductive when based on the experience of 20 years as a teacher

I am sensible that my work is very imperfect. Much more reading and much more leisure than I have been able to devote to it wd. be requisite to make it what I cd. exactly wish

no dinner-table should be too large to exclude general conversation, and no couples should sit together who are likely to lapse into private discourse

writing is converted to a mechanic trade; and booksellers, instead of the great, become the patrons and paymasters of men of genius

Si on ne prend pas le temps et que l’on a pas la rigueur de l’approvisionnement, on ne pourra jamais faire de la cuisine

An enameled cast iron, a 6-quart stainless steel stock pot, and a nonstick egg pan will get you to the kitchen finish line

the machine-made doctor of philosophy often remains essentially a barbarian, unread outside of the technical literature of his specialty

Many civil servants begin their adult lives with dreams of authorship