Shakespeare appreciated the value of lovely costumes in adding picturesqueness to poetry, but he saw how important costume is as a means of producing certain dramatic effects.
Most people are other people.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
It would be unfair to expect other people to be as brilliant as oneself.
It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public.
More women grow old nowadays through the faithfulness of their admirers than through anything else.
I don't play accurately -- any one can play accurately -- but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
Everything is going to be fine in the end.
If it's not fine it's not the end.
I am going to take up the study of German: indeed this seems to be the proper place for such a study.
You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love.
The girl never really lived, and so she has never really died.
I don't want to see him alone. He says things that annoy me. He gives me good advice.
I don't want to see him alone. He says things that annoy me. He gives me good advice." Lord Henry smiled. "People are very fond of giving away what they need most themselves. It is what I call the depth of generosity.
There is only good art and mediocre art.
Those who have much are often greedy. Those who have little always share.
Good intentions have been the ruin of the world. The only people who have achieved anything have been those who have had no intentions at all.
All bad art is the result of good intentions.
Good intentions are invariably ungrammatical.
Have nothing in your house that is not useful or beautiful; if such a rule were followed out, you would be astonished at the amount of rubbish you would get rid of.
That is because one realises one's soul only by getting rid of all alien passions, all acquired culture, and all external possessions, be they good or evil.
Progress in thought is the assertion of individualism against authority.
I am quite incapable of understanding how any work of art can be criticized from a moral standpoint. The sphere of art and the sphere of ethics are absolutely distinct and separate.
The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated.
I'm sure I don't know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn't like to.
All thought is immoral. Its very essence is destruction. If you think of anything, you kill it. Nothing survives being thought of.
Nothing annoys people so much as not receiving invitations.
Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.
It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.
Science can never grapple with the irrational. That is why it has no future before it, in this world.
I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life.
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. If a personality fascinates me, whatever mode of expression that personality selects is absolutely delightful to me.
I know not whether laws be right or whether laws be wrong.
I know not whether Laws be right,
Or whether Laws be wrong;
All that we know who be in jail
Is that the wall is strong;
And that each day is like a year,
A year whose days are long.
When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.
Newspapers have degenerated. They may now be absolutely relied upon.
Besides, it is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune.
Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities.
Memory, like a horrible malady, was eating his soul away.
No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.
I should fancy, however, that murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner.
The English novels are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. But one should not be too severe on them. They show a want of knowledge that must be the result of years of study.
I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don't interest me. They have not got the charm of novelty.
God and other artists are always a little obscure.
Men are such cowards. They outrage every law in the world and are afraid of the world's tongue.
Wisdom comes with winters.
Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibres, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams.
There is one thing infinitely more pathetic than to have lost the woman one is in love with, and that is to have won her and found out how shallow she is!
In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.
Immanuel isn't a pun; he Kant be!
He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
I don't mind plain women being puritans. It is the only excuse they have for being plain.
The vilest deeds like poison weeds Bloom well in prison air; It is only what is good in man That wastes and withers there.
Action is limited and relative. Unlimited and absolute is the vision of him who sits at ease and watches, who walks in loneliness and dreams.
Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws.
Good resolutions are useless attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely nil. They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak.... They are simply cheques that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not.
The drawback of stealing a thing, is that one never knows how wonderful the thing that one steals is.
When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.
When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure.
The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope.
The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.
The gods are strange. It is not our vices only they make instruments to scourge us. They bring us to ruin through what in us is good, gentle, humane, loving.
I have never searched for happiness. Who wants happiness? I have searched for pleasure.
Set in this stormy Northern sea, Queen of these restless fields of tide, England! what shall men say of thee, Before whose feet the worlds divide?
She had a passion for secrecy, but she herself was merely a Sphinx without a secret.
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.
It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.
You kissed his mouth with mouths of flame: you made the hornèd god your own: You stood behind him on his throne: you called him by his secret name.
For one moment our lives met, our souls touched.
Education is very admirable but let us not forget that anything worth knowing cannot be taught.
Caricature is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius.
People are either charming or tedious.
Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everybody in good society holds exactly the same opinions.
The history of women is the history of the worst form of tyranny the world has ever known. The tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts.
One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.
If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching.
Thinking is the most unhealthy thing in the world, and people die of it just as they die of any other disease. Fortunately, in England at any rate, thought is not catching. Our splendid physique as a people is entirely due to our national stupidity.
Walt Whitman and Emerson are the poets who have given the world more than anyone else. Perhaps Whitman is not so widely read in England, but England never appreciates a poet until he is dead.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
It's not hard to get the ideas when they come. They just come... it's painful waiting for them.
Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them!
Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?
Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art.
She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness. It is the feet of clay that make the gold of the image precious.
There are two ways to dislike poetry: One is to dislike it; the other is to read Pope.
To me, beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Actions are the first tragedy in life, words are the second. Words are perhaps the worst. Words are merciless.
It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words.
The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing at all.
Some temptations are so great it takes great courage to yield to them.
Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks.
Alas! it is a fearful thing
To feel another's guilt!
The proper aim is to try and reconstruct society on such a basis that poverty will be impossible.
Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.
Learn to differentiate between ignorance and stupidity.
If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
Deliver me from my disciples!
Schools should be the most beautiful place in every town and village-so beautiful that the punishment for undutiful children should be barred from going to school the following day.
As for begging, it is safer to beg than to take, but it is finer to take than to beg.
It is not good for one's morals to see bad acting.
I live constantly in the fear of not being misunderstood.
I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
I am but too conscious of the fact that we are born in an age when only the dull are treated seriously, and I live in terror of not being misunderstood. Don't degrade me into the position of giving you useful information. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
Do you know that I am afraid that good people do a great deal of harm in this world? Certainly the greatest harm they do is that they make badness of such extraordinary importance.
The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.
Writing bores me so.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
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