Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
I was dominated, soul, brain, and power by you. You became to me the visible incarnation of that unseen ideal whose memory haunts us artists like an exquisite dream.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalised by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime.
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Everyone is born a king, and most people die in exile.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.