Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
All art is quite useless.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
pessimist. He won't expect it back.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
I put all my genius into my life I put only my talent into my works.
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
In married life three is company and two none.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is non the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
True friends stab you in the front.
This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.