C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Address makes opportunities; the want of it gives them.


Brahma once asked of Force, “Who is stronger than thou?” She replied, “Address.”

Victor Hugo.

Give a boy address and accomplishments, and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. He has not the trouble of earning or owning them; they solicit him to enter and possess.


A man who knows the world will not only make the most of everything he does know, but of many things that he does not know; and will gain more credit by his adroit mode of hiding his ignorance than the pedant by his awkward attempt to exhibit his erudition.


There is a certain artificial polish, a commonplace vivacity acquired by perpetually mingling in the beau monde, which, in the commerce of the world, supplies the place of natural suavity and good-humor, but is purchased at the expense of all original and sterling traits of character.

Washington Irving.