People who count their chickens before they are hatched act very wisely because chickens run about so absurdly that it’s impossible to count them accurately.
Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.
It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect—simply a confession of failures.
Topics: Faith, Loyalty, Marriage
Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.
Disobedience, in the eyes of any one who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.
No publisher should ever express an opinion on the value of what he publishes. That is a matter entirely for the literary critic to decide. I can quite understand how any ordinary critic would be strongly prejudiced against a work that was accompanied by a premature and unnecessary panegyric from the publisher. A publisher is simply a useful middle-man. It is not for him to anticipate the verdict of criticism.
Topics: Books, Publishing, Publishers
To get into the best society nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people
Art is the most intense mode of invidualism that the world has known.
It is always a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal.
The recognition of private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain, not growth its aim. So that man thought that the important thing is to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be.
There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.
Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses—once!
Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.
No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
Most of our modern portrait painters are doomed to absolute oblivion. They never paint what they see. They paint what the public sees, and the public never sees anything.
Topics: Thinking, Progress
When a man says he has exhausted life one always knows life has exhausted him.
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