Theodore Dreiser

The Titan

    Tamara Eidelmanhas quotedlast year
    looked strangely replete for a man of thirty-six—suave, steady, incisive, with eyes as fine as those of a Newfoundland or a Collie and as innocent and winsome. They were wonderful eyes, soft and spring-like at times, glowing with a rich, human understanding which on the instant could harden and flash lightning. Deceptive eyes, unreadable, but alluring alike to men and to women in all walks and conditions of life.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted25 days ago
    The world is dosed with too much religion. Life is to be learned from life, and the professional moralist is at best but a manufacturer of shoddy wares. At the ultimate remove, God or the life force, if anything, is an equation, and at its nearest expression for man—the contract social—it is that also. Its method of expression appears to be that of generating the individual, in all his glittering variety and scope, and through him progressing to the mass with its problems. In the end a balance is invariably struck wherein the mass subdues the individual or the individual the mass—for the time being. For, behold, the sea is ever dancing or raging.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted25 days ago
    How strange are realities as opposed to illusion!
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    In times of great opportunity and contest for privilege life always sinks to its lowest depths of materialism and rises at the same time to its highest reaches of the ideal. When the waves of the sea are most towering its hollows are most awesome.
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    One must create one's own career, carve it out, or remain horribly dull or bored, dragged along at the chariot wheels of others.
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    Say what one will, the wish buried deep in every woman's heart is that her lover should be a hero. Some, out of the veriest stick or stone, fashion the idol before which they kneel, others demand the hard reality of greatness; but in either case the illusion of paragon-worship is maintained.
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    So great is the influence of past customs of devotion that they linger long past the hour when the act ceases to become valid.
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    He said to himself over and over, "Well, I can live without her if I must," but at this stage the mere thought was an actual stab in his vitals. What, after all, was life, wealth, fame, if you couldn't have the woman you wanted—love, that indefinable, unnamable coddling of the spirit which the strongest almost more than the weakest crave? At last he saw clearly, as within a chalice-like nimbus, that the ultimate end of fame, power, vigor was beauty, and that beauty was a compound of the taste, the emotion, the innate culture, passion, and dreams of a woman like Berenice Fleming. That was it: that was it. And beyond was nothing save crumbling age, darkness, silence.
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    life must be lived and the ambitious must inherit wealth or gather it wisely
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    of all men none are so proud or vainglorious over the minor trappings of materialism as those who have but newly achieved them
    Vlad Shvetshas quotedlast month
    drinking is, after all, a state of mind, and not an appetite
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    Woe to him who places his faith in illusion—the only reality—and woe to him who does not. In one way lies disillusion with its pain, in the other way regret.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    "Nothing venture, nothing have" had always been her motto, nailed to her mast, though her equipment for the life she now craved had never been more than the veriest make-believe—painted wood and tinsel.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    As you know, part of a man's resources lies in his ability to avoid stirring up opposition.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    Almost any one who starts out to do things successfully and intelligently is sure to stir up a great deal of feeling
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    the world is the world, and we have to take it as we find it.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    One should be better than his neighbor, or pretend to be.
    Vlad Shvetshas quoted2 months ago
    Change! Change! the inevitable passing of things! Who parts with a perfect thing, even if no more than an unreasoning love, without a touch of self-pity?
    Tigran Paravyanhas quoted2 months ago
    Cowperwood accompanied her, a very different person in so far as mood and self-poise were concerned. To himself his own future was always secure, and that of Aileen's if he wished to make it so. The arduous, upward-ascending rungs of the social ladder that were troubling her had no such significance to him.
    Tigran Paravyanhas quoted2 months ago
    The truth was he believed in himself, and himself only, and thence sprang his courage to think as he pleased.
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