I am not young enough to know everything.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.
It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
The fact is, you have fallen lately, Cecily, into a bad habit of thinking for yourself. You should give it up. It is not quite womanly... men don't like it.
Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.
Work is a refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do.
Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.