Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.
What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colorless. By its curiosity Sin increases the experience of the race. Through its intensified assertion of individualism it saves us from monotony of type. In its rejection of the current notions about morality, it is one with the higher ethics.
A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
Whenever cannibals are on the brink of starvation, Heaven, in its infinite mercy, sends them a nice plump missionary.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
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.
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.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic - a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.
It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give a really unbiased opinion, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.
In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.