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" The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. "
" By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. "
" A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. "
" The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. "
" When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. "
" Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives. "
" Nothing, indeed, is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty: he is constantly led by it either into weak prettiness or lifeless abstraction: whereas to touch the ideal at all, you must not strip it of vitality. "
" I have nothing to declare except my genius. "
" To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. "
" A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it. "
" When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. "
" It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. "
" There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about. "
" I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. "
" Technique is really personality. That is the reason why the artist cannot teach it, why the pupil cannot learn it, and why the aesthetic critic can understand it. "
" If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world. "
" One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation. "
" Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. "
" The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world. "
" Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. "
" Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. "
" If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life. "
" Hatred is blind, as well as love. "
" Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. "
" In designing the scenery and costumes for any of Shakespeare's plays, the first thing the artist has to settle is the best date for the drama. This should be determined by the general spirit of the play more than by any actual historical references which may occur in it. "
" I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability. "
" The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself. "
" One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be. "
" It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly. "
" I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. "
" This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. "