A kiss may ruin a human life.
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The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.
Things are in their essence what we choose to make them. A thing is, according to the mode in which one looks at it.
In every sphere of life, form is the beginning of things. […] Forms are the food of faith, cried Newman in one of those great moments of sincerity that made us admire the know the man. […] The Creeds are believed, not because they are rational, but because they are repeated.
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.
However, I don't propose to discuss politics, sociology, or metaphysics with you. I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
Colonel. Can she read and write? Peter. Ay, that she can, sir. Colonel. Then she is a dangerous woman.
At twilight nature becomes a wonderfully suggestive effect, and is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
Anybody can have common sense, povided that they have no imagination.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.
I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter, and grow sad. I want a breath of our passion to stir dust into consciousness, to wake their ashes into pain.
How good to see the moon! She is like a little piece of money. You would think she was a little silver flower. The moon is cold and chaste. I am sure she is a virgin, she has a virgin's beauty. Yes, she is a virgin. She has never defiled herself. She has never abandoned herself to men, like the other goddesses.