They've promised that dreams can come true -- but forgot to mention that nightmares are dreams, too.
God grant me the serenity to accept that people are ignorant, the courage to uphold the law when I'm hostile, and the wisdom to realize that murder is illegal.
Anyone can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathize with a friend's success.
High hopes were once formed of democracy; but democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor.
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
Every one is worthy of love, except him who thinks that he is. Love is a
sacrament that should be taken kneeling.
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known.
Out of the unreal shadows of the night comes back the real life that we had known. We have to resume it where we had left off, and there steals over us a terrible sense of the necessity for the continuance of energy in the same wearisome round of stereotyped habits, or a wild longing, it may be, that our eyelids might open some morning upon a world that had been refashioned anew in the darkness for our pleasure, a world in which things would have fresh shapes and colours, and be changed, or have other secrets, a world in which the past would have little or no place, or survive, at any rate, in no conscious form of obligation or regret, the remembrance even of joy having its bitterness and the memories of pleasure their pain.
The supreme object of life is to live. Few people live. It is true life only to realize one's own perfection, to make one's every dream a reality.
My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all.
Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.
To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm.
Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. Philosophies fall away like sand, creeds follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, a possession for all eternity.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly -- that is what each of us is here for.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.
Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day people will realise what that means. They will know nothing of life till they do,—and natures like his can realise it.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating -- people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
The spirit of an age may be best expressed in the abstract ideal arts, for the spirit itself is abstract and ideal.
I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything.
The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.
A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want.
A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it.
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.
If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.
Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
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.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
She is a peacock in everything but beauty!
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery may do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the workman's heart.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
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.
Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.
Art never harms itself by keeping aloof from the social problems of the day: rather, by so doing, it more completely realises for us that which we desire.
There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about.
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement. Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman. When one is in love one always begins by deceiving oneself, and one always ends by deceiving others. This is what the world calls a romance.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.
There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
Nothing is so aggravating than calmness.
Nothing is so aggravating as calmness. There is something positively brutal about the good temper of most modern men.
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.
Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in the beautiful things are the cultivated.
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 always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable.
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