William Dean Howells Quotes

Who the Heck is William Dean Howells?

William Dean Howells was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters".

Born March 01, 1837
Died May 11, 1920

Best 12 Quotes by 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

“He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence.”

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

“Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself.”

William Dean Howells

“Some people stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.”

William Dean Howells

“What the American public wants in the theater is a tragedy with a happy ending.”

William Dean Howells

“Wisdom and goodness are twin-born, one heart must hold both sisters, never seen apart.”

William Dean Howells

"A Modern Instance" Quotes

“A friend knows how to allow for mere quantity in your talk, and only replies to the quality.”

William Dean Howells
A Modern Instance

"Literary Friends and Acquaintance" Quotes

“The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested.”

William Dean Howells
Literary Friends and Acquaintance

"My Literary Passions" Quotes

“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
My Literary Passions

"The March Family Trilogy" Quotes

“It is the still, small voice that the soul heeds, not the deafening blasts of doom.”

William Dean Howells
The March Family Trilogy

“The wars come and go in blood and tears; but whether they are bad wars, or what are comically called good wars, they are of one effect in death and sorrow.”

William Dean Howells
The March Family Trilogy