Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes

Most popular Thomas Bailey Aldrich Quotes

A man is known by the company his mind keeps.


They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.


The man who suspects his own tediousness is yet to be born.


True art selects and paraphrases, but seldom gives a verbatim translation.


To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent—that is to triumph over old age.

old age

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich


I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full.  When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.


When I behold what pleasure is pursuit,
What life, what glorious eagerness it is,
Then mark how full possession falls from this,
How fairer seems the blossom than the fruit.
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich Poems

possessions pursuit

Books that have become classics—books that have had their day and now get more praise than perusal—always remind me of venerable colonels and majors and captains who, having reached the age limit, find themselves retired upon half pay.