Oscar Wilde, The Picture Of Dorian Gray
...my dear boy, no woman is a genius. They are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
A grand passion is the privelege of people who have nothing to do.
Beauty is the wonder of wonders. It is only the shallow people who do not judge by appearances.
Being natural is simply a pose.
Knowledge would be fatal, it is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things beautiful.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
One should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.
She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life.
We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices.
When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.