Carolyn Wells (June 18, 1862, - March 26, 1942) was a prolific American writer remembered largely for her popular mysteries, children's books, and humorous verse. (Click here for full Encyclopædia Brittanica article)
Actions lie louder than words.
We should live and learn; but by the time we've learned, it's too late to live.
What you can't afford to lose, you can't afford to buy.
At times there is nothing so unnatural as nature.
A critic is a necessary evil, and criticism is an evil necessity.
Of two evils choose the prettier.
A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time.
A cynic is a man who looks at the world with a monocle in his mind's eye.
Advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive
Happiness is the ability to recognize it.
One never knows what difference anything will make until the difference is made.
A guilty conscience is the mother of invention.
Every dogma must have its day.
A good scapegoat is hard to find.
Youth is a silly, vapid state,
Old age with fears and ills is rife;
This simple boon I beg of Fate-
A thousand years of Middle Life.
A fool and his money are soon married.