To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.
Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them. - Evelyn Waugh
Fiction may amuse us, but reality instills lessons to be imbibed through experience; to 'live' this stark reality called 'life' as a blessing, whereas some foolishly waste it by following fiction and fictitious characters. - Henrietta Newton Martin
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. - Gustave Flaubert
If naturalists go to heaven (about which there is considerable ecclesiastical doubt), I hope that I will be furnished with a troop of kakapo to amuse me in the evening instead of television. - Gerald Durrell
Tell me, Mr. Bennet, how can we amuse you during your visit? Do you hunt? Lady Catherine was spooning her turtle soup, blowing delicately to cool it.I am certain an animal would sooner die of laughter than gunshot wound if I even made the attempt. - Karen V. Wasylowski
Words are the timeless beauties; they tell a thousand stories, deliver your purpose, speak the heart and build character. The play and interaction of words amuse me, hence the power of words is my love. - Sharlene Leong
If it is true that one gets used to suffering, how is it that as the years go one always suffers more? No, they are not mad, those people who amuse themselves, enjoy life, travel, make love, fight—they are not mad. We should like to do the same ourselves. - Cesare Pavese
We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone can do what we're doing! - Lynn Johnston