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Yet each man kills the thing he loves,By each let this be heard,Some do it with a bitter look,Some with a flattering word,The koward does it with a kiss,The brave man with a sword
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.
Children begin by loving their parents as they grow older they judge them sometimes they forgive them.
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.
When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck men risk theirs.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well worth remembering from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
The true craftsman has a light in his eye that Money can't buy Hal Stebbins I read this once when I was Writing a children's story; a time when inspiration had struck...At that time I knew just what he meant...It was so true. Shirley Briggs
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
But what is the difference between literature and journalism ...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
Beauty is a form of genius--is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
Dreamers can find their way by moonlight and their only punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humaor is provided to console him from what he is.
It is an odd thing, but everyone who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.
Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking other people to live as one wishes to live.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray, and the advantage of science is that it is not emotional.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
The English public takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.
The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.
The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling I have always cultivated.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness.
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.
Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our intellects.