A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.
About foxhunting: The unspeakable chasing the uneatable.
Action is the last refuge of those who cannot dream.
Action: the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known.
As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
Beauty is a form of genius--is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same
Biography lends to death a new terror.
Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.
Chastity is the greatest form of perversion.
Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Democracy is the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Divorces are made in heaven.
Dreamers can find their way by moonlight and their only punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.
Eduaction is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well worth remembering from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Everyone who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.
Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
Experience...is simply the name we give our mistakes.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Genius is born--not paid.
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.
I sometimes think that God, in creating man, overestimated His ability.
I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humaor is provided to console him from what he is.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
It is an odd thing, but everyone who disappears is said to be seen at San Francisco. It must be a delightful city, and possess all the attractions of the next world.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship; and it is by far the best ending for one.
Life imitates art more than art imitates life.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not.
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people we personally dislike.
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.
My wallpaper and i are fighting a duel to death. One or the other has to go.
Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
Only the shallow know themselves.
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Oscar Wilde: "I wish I had said that." Whistler: "You will, Oscar; you will.
Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
Philanthropy is the refuge of rich people who wish to annoy their fellow creatures.
Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.
Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.
Punctuality is the thief of time.
Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.
Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.
Science is the record of dead religions.
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 other people to live as one wishes to live.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.
Society produces rogues, and education makes one rogue cleverer than another.
Sometimes it takes courage to give into temptation.
Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
The basis for optimism is sheer terror.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture, and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.
The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.
The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling I have always cultivated.
The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.
The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
The problem with the common person is that he is so unbearably common!
The proper basis for marriage is a mutual misunderstanding.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.
There is no sin except stupidity.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.
To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.
We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.
Why was I born with such contemporaries?
Work is the curse of the drinking class.