Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
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.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
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.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.