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William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells, photograph by Underwood & Underwood
Born (1837-03-01)March 1, 1837
Martins Ferry (then Martinsville), Ohio, U.S.
Died May 11, 1920(1920-05-11) (aged 83)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Spouse Elinor Mead
Children Winifred Howells (b. 1863)
John Mead Howells (b. 1868)
Mildred Howells (b. 1872)

Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.
William Dean Howells
The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.
William Dean Howells
Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.
The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.
William Dean Howells
In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere.
William Dean Howells
The book which you read from a sense of duty, or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you.
William Dean Howells
There will presently be no room in the world for things; it will be filled up with the advertisements of things.
William Dean Howells
You'll find as you grow older that you weren't born such a great while ago after all. The time shortens up.
William Dean Howells
If we like a man's dream, we call him a reformer; if we don't like his dream, we call him a crank.
William Dean Howells
Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?
William Dean Howells
A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's too late to let her know that he sees it.
William Dean Howells
Primitive societies without religion have never been found.
It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom.
William Dean Howells
How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us?
The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
William Dean Howells
Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.
We are creatures of the moment; we live from one little space to another, and only one interest at a time fills these.
William Dean Howells
What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.
William Dean Howells
Is it worth while to observe that there are no Venetian blinds in Venice?
The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.
William Dean Howells
Tomorrow I shall be sixty-nine, but I do not seem to care. I did not start the affair, and I have not been consulted about it at any step.
William Dean Howells
He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence.