Some more Benjamin:
To convince is to conquer without conception.
Come Back! All Is Forgiven!
Like someone performing the giant swing on the horizontal bar, each boy spins for himself the wheel of fortune from which, sooner or later, the momentous lot shall fall. For only that which we knew or practiced at fifteen will one day constitute our attraction. And one thing, therefore, can never be made good: having neglected to run away from one's parents. From forty-eight hours' exposure in those years, as if in a caustic solution, the crystal of life's happiness forms.
Work on good prose has three steps: a muscial stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.
A highly convoluted neighborhood, a network of streets that I had avoided for years, was disentangled at a single stroke when one day a person dear to me moved there. It was as if a searchlight set up at this person's window dissected the area with pencils of light.
In summer, fat people are conspicuous; in winter, thin.
In spring, attention is caught, in bright sunshine, by the young foliage; in cold rain, by the still-leafless branches.
After a convivial evening, someone remaining behind can see at a glance what it was like from the disposition of plates and cups, glasses and food.
First principle of wooing: to make oneself sevenfold; to place oneself sevenfold about the woman who is desired.
In the eyes we see people to the lees.