Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Morality, like art, means drawing a line someplace.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Genius is born--not paid.
I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.
Biography lends to death a new terror.
One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.
Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's nerves - which is the same thing nowadays.
The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.