The world is cruel, give me thy heart to take with me.
The man who says his wife can't take a joke, forgets she took him.
I was on the point of explaining to Gerald that the world has always laughed at its own tragedies, that being the only way in which it has been able to bear them. And that, consequently, whatever the world has treated seriously belongs to the comedy side of things.
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.
Now, the value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Indeed, the probabilities are the most insincere the man is, the more purely intellectual will the idea be, as in that case it will not be coloured by either his wants, his desires, or his prejudices.
The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.
As for a spoiled life, no life is spoiled but one whose growth is arrested. If you want to mar a nature, you have merely to reform it.
If you care about what others think, don't become a writer.
Moderation is a fatal thing nothing succeeds like excess.
If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-educated.
More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read.
Ah! it is so easy to convert others. It is so difficult to convert oneself. To arrive at what one really believes, one must speak through lips different from one's own. To know the truth one must imagine myriads of falsehoods.