A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six
Genius is born – not paid.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
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.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is fatal.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
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 elses 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.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly – that is what each of us is here for.
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Why was I born with such contemporaries?
Wisdom comes with winters.
One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.