One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness: not to be mere rushing on.
It is so much more difficult to live with one's body than with one's soul. One's body is so much more exacting: what it won't have it won't have, and nothing can make bitter into sweet.
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer
The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgment is never just.
Men! The only animal in the world to fear.
We have lost the art of living, and in the most important science of all, the science of daily life, the science of behavior, we are complete ignoramuses. We have psychology instead.
Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day. And that is all that matters. Away with eternal truth.
The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser. And as soon as you see a finer morality, the grosser becomes relatively immoral.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
An artist is only an ordinary man with a greater potentiality--same stuff, same make up, only more force. And the strong driving force usually finds his weak spot, and he goes cranked, or goes under.
A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.
The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.
I cannot be a materialist -- but Oh, how is it possible that a God who speaks to all hearts can let Belgravia go laughing to a vicious luxury, and White chapel cursing to a filthy debauchery -- such suffering, such dreadful suffering -- and shall the
I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
In the ancient recipe, the three antidotes for dullness or boredom are sleep, drink, and travel. It is rather feeble. From sleep you wake up, from drink you become sober, and from travel you come home again. And then where are you? No, the two sovere
I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment
God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.
I know the greatness of Christianity; it is a past greatness.... I live in 1924, and the Christian venture is done.
Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.
I would have loved it - without the French
The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death.
In every living thing there is the desire for love.
The more scholastically educated a man is generally, the more he is an emotional boor.