Bad artists always admire each others work.
I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
It is Nature who makes our artists for us, though it may be Art who taught them their right mode of expression.
Authority is quite degrading
By persistently remaining single a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
She is a peacock in everything but beauty
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
I can believe anything as long as it is incredible
Biography lends to death a new terror.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
My own business always bores me to death; I prefer other people's
It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.
He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realise.
While to the claims of charity a man may yield and yet be free, to the claims of conformity no man may yield and remain free at all
Charity creates a multitude of sins.
All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.
Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.