The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read
Experience is the name we give to our past mistakes
One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she'll tell anything.
The proper school to learn art is not life but art
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope
The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.
I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.
Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilisation.
Tread lightly, she is near Under the snow, Speak gently, she can hear The daisies grow.
Those who have much are often greedy, those who have little always share.
Shallow sorrows and shallow loves live on. The loves and sorrows that are great are destroyed by their own plenitude.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.