Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.
Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or a friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis is the lowest level.
A flower blossoms for its own joy.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
A true friend stabs you in the front.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. We all have clouds above us but some see their silver linings. We all face difficulties but some of us are grateful that they aren't worse.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
Divorces are made in heaven.
Each class preaches the importance of those virtues it need not exercise. The rich harp on the value of thrift, the idle grow eloquent over the dignity of labor.
True love is just like regular love, but with more truth.
Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work's the curse of the drinking classes.
I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.
I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays. You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people. The thing has become an absolute public nuisance. I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.
One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends.
Time is a waste of money.
Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
History is merely gossip.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
True friends stab you in the front.
I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Who, being loved, is poor?
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
I can resist everything except temptation.
And all men kill the thing they love, By all let this be heard Some do it with a bitter look Some with a flattering word The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword.
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
There is not a single colour hidden away in the chalice of a flower, or the curve of a shell, to which, by some subtle sympathy with the very soul of things, my nature does not answer.
One of the chief faults of modern dress is that it is composed of far too many articles of clothing, most of which are the wrong substance.
I like people who are young, bright, happy, careless and original. I do not like them sensible, and I do not like them old.
Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is human's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
The english country gentleman galloping after a fox--the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you'll never get through it without your friends.
Remember that the fool in the eyes of the gods and the fool in the eyes of man are very different.
Remember that the fool in the eyes of the gods and the fool in the eyes of man are very different. One who is entirely ignorant of the modes of Art in its revolution or the moods of thought in its progress, of the pomp of the Latin line or the richer music of the vowelled Greeks, of Tuscan sculpture or Elizabethan song may yet be full of the very sweetest wisdom. The real fool, such as the gods mock or mar, is he who does not know himself. I was such a one too long. You have been such a one too long. Be so no more. Do not be afraid. The supreme vice is shallowness. Everything that is realised is right.
The method by which the fool arrives at his folly was as dear to him as the ultimate wisdom of the wise.
Dullness is always an irresistible temptation for brilliancy, and stupidity is the permanent Bestia Trionfans that calls wisdom from its cave.
The truth about the life of a man is not what he does, but the legend which he creates around himself.
In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst.
Individualism has really the higher aim. Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age.
To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's own life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.
Rudderless, we drift athwart a tempest, and when once the storm of youth is past, Without lyre, without lute or chorus, Death the silent pilot comes at last.
We lose our chances, we lose our figures, we even lose our characters; but we must never lose our tempers. That is our duty to our neighbor...but sometimes we mislay it, don't we?
It is very vulgar to talk about one's own business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then only at dinner parties.
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel.
The mere mechanical technique of acting can be taught, but the spirit that is to give life to lifeless forms must be born in a man. No dramatic college can teach its pupils to think or to feel. It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.
I think it's very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not defined by another person.
Ethics, like natural selection, make existence possible. Aesthetics, like sensual selection, make life lovely and wonderful, fill it with new forms, and give it progress, and variety and change.
What is termed Sin is an essential element of progress. Without it the world would stagnate, or grow old, or become colourless.
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.
I have learned this: it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it.
If I could get back my youth, I'd do anything in the world except get up early, take exercise or be respectable.
What is abnormal in Life stands in normal relations to Art. It is the only thing in Life that stands in normal relations to Art.
Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that we should live.
Most people live for love and admiration. But it is by love and admiration that one should live. If any love is shown us we should recognize that we are quite unworthy of it. Nobody is worthy to be loved... or if that phrase is a bitter one to bear, let us say that everyone is worthy of love, except him who thinks he is. Love is a sacrament that should be taken kneeling..
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