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" The mark of all good art is not that the thing done is done exactly or finely, for machinery may do as much, but that it is worked out with the head and the workman's heart. "
" We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. "
" There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. "
" I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect. "
" A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author. "
" In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience. "
" Perhaps one of the most difficult things for us to do is to choose a notable and joyous dress for men. There would be more joy in life if we were to accustom ourselves to use all the beautiful colours we can in fashioning our own clothes. "
" A man who does not think for himself does not think at all. "
" London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether the fogs produce the serious people, or whether the serious people produce the fogs, I don't know. "
" One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged. "
" In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin. "
" 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. "
" A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. "
" The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. "
" I think it is perfectly natural for any artist to admire intensely and love a young man. It is an incident in the life of almost every artist. "
" It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art. "
" Let us have no machine-made ornament at all; it is all bad and worthless and ugly. "
" Art should never try to be popular. The public should try to make itself artistic. "
" Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. "
" Yes, there is a terrible moral in 'Dorian Gray' - a moral which the prurient will not be able to find in it, but it will be revealed to all whose minds are healthy. Is this an artistic error? I fear it is. It is the only error in the book. "
" Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life. "
" Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. "
" Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both. "
" In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever. "
" A poet can survive everything but a misprint. "
" Art never harms itself by keeping aloof from the social problems of the day: rather, by so doing, it more completely realises for us that which we desire. "
" Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities. "
" There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up. "
" Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there. "
" It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned. "
" It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. "