In the sex war thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male,vindictiveness of the female.
A mistake which is commonly made about neurotics is to suppose that they are interesting. It is not interesting to be always unhappy, engrossing with oneself, malignant and ungrateful, and never quite in touch with reality.
[Memoria certe non modo Philosophiam sed omnis / vitae usum, omnesque artes, una maxime continet]
The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.
It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainty that just to be alive is a grand thing.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Hate is the consequence of fear we fear something before we hate it a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.
If our elaborate and dominating bodies are given us to be denied at every turn, if our nature is always wrong and wicked, how ineffectual we are - like fishes not meant to swim
The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him
There is no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hall
The headmistress was an able instructress in French and history and we learned with her as fast as fear could teach us.
The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he starts out, have condemned himself to second-rate thoughts, and to second-rate friends
Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first call promising.
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy
Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turn before we have learnt to walk
A life based on reason will always require to be balanced by an occasional bout of violent and irrational emotion, for instinctual drives must be satisfied
While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living