An improper mind is a perpetual feast
People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror.
What is more enchanting than the voices of young people when you can't hear what they say
It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?
Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you
Shopping: I like to walk down Bond Street, thinking of all the things I don't want
Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.
To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave the way the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.
The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
The notion of making money by popular work, and then retiring to do good work, is the most familiar of all the devil's traps for artists.
Yes there is a meaning; at least for me, there is one thing that matters - to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection ...***...is what alone gives meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.