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500 Aphorisms in Italian to reflect

500 Aphorisms in Italian to reflect

Aphorisms: meaning

The term "aphorism"Comes from the ancient Greek ἁφορισμός and indicates a phrase that conveys a teaching or food for thought.

Among the most important characteristics of a good aphorism, the brevity: the message must be conveyed in one sentence or several very short sentences, so as to be more incisive.

To Gesualdo Bufalino, writer, poet and Italian aphorist, we owe this witty aphorism about the optimal length of the aphorism: "A well done aphorism is all in eight words“.

Aphorisms about life, love and friendship

THE three themes currently most sought after by Italians to whom an aphorism can be associated are those of life, oflove andfriendship.

At one time the themes connected to vices and virtues gathered more interest.

In recent times the aphorisms they are returning to be protagonists on social networks as they are able to collect a large number of consents in terms of "Like" / "Like", "Shares", "Comments" and "Clicks" all metrics that are particularly close to heart to so-called "influencers", "bloggers" or Internet content sites.

The aphorisms they are thus inserted into evocative images like the one I created for the opening of this article or like these other two that I propose below.

Aphorism about pain

An aphorism about love

The best authors of aphorisms

We can all be the creators of an aphorism even if creating an effective aphorism is not at all simple.

Over the centuries i best authors of aphorisms They were philosophers, poets, writers, scientists and thinkers.

Below I propose the list of those that can be considered 15 among the best aphorism authors ever:

  • Oscar Wilde
  • Albert Einstain
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Seneca
  • Khalil Gibran
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Alda Merini
  • Paolo Coelho
  • Arthur Shopenhauer
  • Voltaire
  • Confucius
  • Lev Tolstoy
  • Giacomo Leopardi
  • Gustav Flaubert
  • Bertrand Russell

10 of Voltaire's best aphorisms

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

  1. The soldiers get down on their knees when they shoot, perhaps to ask forgiveness for the murder.
  2. The pride of the little ones consists in always talking about themselves, that of adults in never talking about it.
  3. Work takes away from us three great evils: boredom, vice and need.
  4. Men hate those they call greedy just because they can't get anything out of it.
  5. It is sad to have so many ideas, and not to know precisely the nature of the ideas.
  6. There are those in the second row who shines and in the first one eclipses.
  7. For most people, correcting themselves means changing their flaws.
  8. Every sect, of whatever kind, is an array of doubt and error.
  9. When a truth is clear, it is impossible for parties and factions to arise.
  10. We live in society. For us, therefore, nothing is really good if it is not good for society.

10 of the best aphorisms of Confucius

Statue of Confucius, Chinese philosopher, who lived between the 6th and 5th centuries BC.

  1. Do good in all times, in all places, in all circumstances in which you can do it and you will be virtuous and wise.
  2. I will teach you what wisdom is: acknowledge that you know what you know and that you do not know what you do not know. This is wisdom.
  3. The superior man is cautious in speaking and ready to act.
  4. Too much weakness or too much violence does harm: it is necessary to combine firmness with moderation.
  5. Knowing what is right and not doing it is the worst cowardice.
  6. What you don't want done to you, don't do it to others.
  7. Patience is power.
  8. If you see a hungry man, do not give him rice: teach him to cultivate it.
  9. Whoever chases two rabbits will not catch either of them.
  10. I have never known a man who, seeing his mistakes, knew how to blame himself.

500 Aphorisms

Below I propose over 500 aphorisms in Italian about life, love, friendship and many other issues that can make us reflect.

  1. 'Democracy' simply means bludgeoning from the people for the people.
  1. 'Experience' is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
  1. "How would you define the evil man?" "The kind of man who admires innocence." "Is she an evil woman?" "The kind of woman a man never gets tired of."
  1. "They say good Americans go to Paris when they die." "Really? And where do bad Americans go when they die? " "They stay in America."
  1. "What is the difference between literature and journalism?" "Oh! Journalism is illegible and literature is not read ».
  1. To tell the truth, if the lower classes do not set a good example, what good are they? However, they seem to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
  1. Only superficial qualities last. The deeper nature of a man is discovered very quickly.
  1. In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what you want, the other is getting it. This second is the worst, the real tragedy.
  1. At the table I would forgive anyone. My relatives too.
  1. Sometimes it is better to keep quiet and look stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubts.
  1. I love political parties: they are the only places left where people don't talk about politics.
  1. I love simple pleasures. They are the ultimate refuge for a complex spirit.
  1. In exams, fools often ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
  1. Ah! The strength of women comes from something that psychology cannot explain. Men can be analyzed, women ... just worshiped.
  1. Nowadays we are all so drawn that the only pleasant things to spend are compliments.
  1. In my day… you never met anyone in good society who worked for a living. It was considered inconvenient.
  1. Superficial souls take years to get rid of an emotion.
  1. At least once in their life every man walks with Christ towards Emmaus.
  1. Loving yourself is the beginning of an idyll that lasts a lifetime.
  1. I admit that modern novels contain something good. I just want to say that, as a genre, it's unbearable.
  1. I love men who have a future and women who have a past.
  1. I love talking about nothing. It is the only subject I know everything about.
  1. Having a good education is a big drawback. It excludes you from many things.
  1. Having secrets with other people's wives is a necessary luxury of modern life, or so they argue in society educated enough to know. But a man should never have any secrets from his wife. It always discovers them. Women have a wonderful instinct, they can discover everything except the obvious.
  1. Good and evil, sin and innocence, cross the world holding hands. Closing your eyes in the middle of life to live in peace is like being blinded in order to walk more confidently in a land strewn with ravines and precipices.
  1. You have to be serious about something at least if you want to have fun in life.
  1. You always have to be a little unlikely.
  1. Always play honestly when you have the winning cards.
  1. We should always be in love. This is the reason why one should never get married.
  1. Everything should be read. More than half of modern culture depends on what you shouldn't read.
  1. You should always have something sensational to read on the train.
  1. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about: not being talked about.
  1. There is something terribly morbid about the compassion we feel today for suffering. One should have sympathy for color, beauty, joie de vivre. The less we talk about the evils of life, the better.
  1. There is always something ridiculous in the feelings of those who no longer love each other.
  1. There is only one horrible thing in the world, only one unforgivable sin: boredom.
  1. What is said about a man is not important. The point that matters is who says it.
  1. What a pity that in life we ​​learn lessons when they are no longer useful!
  1. What nonsense to talk about happy marriages; a man can be happy with any woman, as long as he doesn't really love her.
  1. Who is poor, being loved?
  1. Who is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of none.
  1. Whoever sees a difference between spirit and body has neither one nor the other.
  1. Who, feeling loved, is poor? Oh, nobody.
  1. Anyone can be good in the country. There are no temptations.
  1. Anyone can be reasonable, but being sane is rare.
  1. Anyone can sympathize with a friend's pain, but only a noble soul can sympathize with a friend's success.
  1. Could there be any ideas for improving the books? I'm afraid not.
  1. We regret the loss of the worst habits, perhaps more than anything else. They are indeed such an essential part of our personality.
  1. There are many things we would gladly throw away if we weren't afraid of someone else picking them up.
  1. There are people who know everything and unfortunately that's all they know.
  1. It takes a really good woman to do a really stupid thing.
  1. What happens to another happens to yourself.
  1. What they call insincerity is simply a way by which one manages to multiply one's personality.
  1. Those who have a lot are often greedy.
  1. He who turns to look at his past does not deserve to have a future ahead of him.
  1. How hard are kind-hearted women! How weak are bad men!
  1. How the value of fidelity is emphasized! Even in love it is nothing more than a physiological question, independent of the will. Young people would like to be faithful and they can't, the old would like to be unfaithful, but they don't have the chance.
  1. With an evening dress and a white tie, anyone, even a stockbroker, can pretend to be a civilized person.
  1. Keep the love in your heart. A life without love is like a sunless garden where the flowers have died. The awareness of loving and being loved gives such warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.
  1. Conscience and cowardice are just the same ... conscience is the trademark. It is all here.
  1. Do you believe everything in the papers? yes. Today only the illegible happens.
  1. I believe that real success can be achieved in practical life, as long as it is unscrupulous; ambition is always unscrupulous.
  1. Curious: insignificant women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful never are. They are always so busy being jealous of each other's husbands.
  1. From the point of view of literature, Kipling is a genius who eats aca.
  1. Give women adequate opportunities and they can do it all.
  1. Give me a mask and I'll tell you the truth.
  1. Really, now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does great damage.
  1. Democracy simply means club hits from the people for the people.
  1. It must be absolutely easy to tell in half an hour if a book is worth something or not worth anything. Ten minutes is enough, if one has an instinct for form.
  1. As a rule, I don't like modern memorials. They are generally written by people who either have lost their memory, or have never done anything worth remembering.
  1. Be wary of a woman who tells you her true age. A woman who tells you this tells you everything.
  1. Becoming the spectator of your own life ... means escaping the sufferings of life.
  1. We must love what is highest when we see it!
  1. After playing Chopin, I feel like I've been crying over sins I've never committed and grieved over tragedies I've never experienced.
  1. Where the pain is, there the ground is sacred.
  1. You should study the almanac of peers ... it is the only book that a young worldly should know deeply and it is the best that the British have ever produced in fiction.
  1. Wherever you go, you can't help but meet intelligent people. It has become a real plague.
  1. The number of bachelors in society is absolutely scandalous. A law should be passed requiring them to marry within twelve months.
  1. It is absurd to divide people into good or bad. People are delightful or boring.
  1. It's curious: in the marriage game (a game which, incidentally, is going out of fashion) wives hold all honors and invariably lose every single spell.
  1. It is the growing moral sense in women that makes marriage such a unilaterally hopeless institution.
  1. It is confession and not the priest who gives us absolution.
  1. It is much better to be beautiful than good. But it is better to be good than ugly.
  1. It is very dangerous to listen. If you listen, you can be convinced, and a man who lets himself be convinced by an argument is an absolutely unreasonable person.
  1. It is much more difficult to talk about something than to do it. In today's life this is naturally obvious. Everyone can make history, but only the great historian can write it.
  1. It is very vulgar to speak like a dentist when you are not a dentist. It produces a false impression.
  1. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stock brokers do it, and they, too, only during dinners.
  1. It is boring to be adored. Women treat us as humanity has treated its divinities. They adore us and always torment us to do something for them.
  1. It is perfectly monstrous what people do today when they walk: to say, behind the backs of others, things that are absolutely true.
  1. It is always painful to part with people who have recently met. You can endure the absence of old friends with a serene soul. But even a momentary separation from someone you've just been introduced to is almost unbearable.
  1. It's always easy to be nice to people we don't care about.
  1. It is always foolish to give advice: but to give good advice is fatal.
  1. It is only the auctioneer who can admire all the art schools equally and impartially.
  1. It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of traders.
  1. It is sad to think about it, but there is no doubt that the Genius lasts longer than the Beauty. Hence the fact that we all make so many efforts to super-educate ourselves.
  1. It's a pity that we only learn life's lessons when they no longer serve us.
  1. It is a terrible thing for a man to suddenly discover that all his life he has said nothing but the truth.
  1. Idling is a dog's chore. But I don't protest against fatigue as long as it doesn't aim for a specific purpose.
  1. Elected are those for whom beautiful things have no other meaning than pure beauty.
  1. She certainly has a prodigious ability to remember people's names and to forget their faces.
  1. There are two ways to not appreciate art. The first is not to appreciate it. The second is to appreciate it rationally.
  1. Being completely free and, at the same time, completely dominated by the law is the eternal paradox of human life.
  1. Making a good salad means being a brilliant diplomat, the problem is the same in both cases: knowing Music fans are absolutely unreasonable. They always want to be perfectly dumb when one should want to be absolutely deaf.
  1. As long as war is considered evil, it will retain its charm; when it is considered vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
  1. As long as war is seen as a cruel thing, it will always have its own charm. When it is considered vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
  1. Until now I did not know what terror was: now I know. It is as if a hand of ice lands on the heart. It is as if the heart beats, until it crashes, in an empty abyss.
  1. Provide appropriate opportunities for women and women will be able to do anything.
  1. Perhaps America has never been discovered after all. I personally would say it has just been glimpsed.
  1. There can be no friendship between man and woman. There can be passion, hostility, adoration, love, but not friendship.
  1. It was a fateful day that the public discovered that the pen is more powerful than the pebble, and can become more harmful than a stone.
  1. Music fans are absolutely unreasonable. They always want to be perfectly dumb when one should want to be absolutely deaf.
  1. Life's fatal mistakes are not due to a man's unreasonableness: an unreasonable moment can be the best. They are due to the rational part of a man.
  1. Exams have no value. If one is a gentleman, he knows enough; if he's not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
  1. Ideals are dangerous things. Reality is better: it hurts, but it is worth more.
  1. The only artists I've ever known who are personally delightful are the bad artists.Good artists exist only in what they do, and therefore they are absolutely insignificant.
  1. Men always long to be a woman's first love, and this is an effect of their stupid vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct. What we like to be ... is a man's latest love story.
  1. Men know life too soon; women know life too late - that's the difference between men and women.
  1. Men age but they don't get better.
  1. Men can get rich, but they never get good.
  1. Men get married because they are tired. Women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.
  1. Men are such cowards! They violate every law in the world and fear its language.
  1. Men are truly heartless: they know their power and use it.
  1. Men would like to always be a woman's first love. This is their silly vanity. Women have a more subtle instinct for things: they like to be a man's last love.
  1. I have very simple tastes, I am always satisfied with the best.
  1. I have a cult of simple joys. They are the last refuge of a complex spirit.
  1. I have often observed that in the homes of married people, champagne is rarely of the highest quality.
  1. The good ways, before the moral!
  1. The good guys do the world a lot of harm. Certainly the greatest evil they do is to give so much importance to evil.
  1. Good intentions are futile attempts to interfere with scientific laws. Their origin is pure vanity. Their result is absolutely 'null' ... They are simply checks that men collect from a bank where they don't have an account.
  1. The two weakest points of our time are the lack of principles and the lack of image.
  1. Children start by loving their parents, later they judge them. They rarely, if ever, forgive them.
  1. Journalists always apologize to us in private for what they have written against us in public.
  1. Young people today are scary. They have absolutely no respect for dyed hair.
  1. Young people laugh for no reason. It is one of their greatest attractions.
  1. The books that men call immoral are simply books that show the world its shame.
  1. The husbands of particularly beautiful women belong to the underworld.
  1. Loveless marriages are horrible. But there is something worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. It is the marriage in which there is love, fidelity, devotion, but only on one side: one of the two hearts will surely break.
  1. My business bores me to death. I prefer those of others.
  1. Paradoxes are always dangerous.
  1. The sins of the flesh are nothing. These are diseases that doctors treat, if they really have to be treated. Only the sins of the soul are shameful.
  1. Most live for love and admiration, but it is thanks to love and admiration that we should live. If love is shown to us, we should recognize that we are not worthy of it.
  1. Simple pleasures are the last refuge of complicated people.
  1. Old people believe everything; middle-aged men suspect everything; young people know everything.
  1. The Book of Books begins with a man and a woman in heaven, and ends with the Apocalypse.
  1. I prefer Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
  1. Good ends good and bad ends bad. This is literature.
  1. Cynicism is the art of seeing things as they are, not as they should be.
  1. The crime is always vulgar; vulgarity is always a crime.
  1. Duty is what we expect from others, not what we do.
  1. Duty ... is the driest of all bonds between men.
  1. The fact is, men should never try to dictate to women. They never know how to do it, and when they do, they always say particularly stupid things.
  1. Engagement should come to a girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant. It is not, in fact, an issue in which she should be allowed to act for herself.
  1. Work is the refuge of those who have nothing better to do.
  1. Work is the curse of drinking classes.
  1. The bond of any relationship, both in marriage and in friendship, lies in the conversation.
  1. Discontent is the first step towards progress.
  1. The evil is not that you get older on the outside, it's that many don't stay young inside.
  1. The world is the same for all of us and good and evil, sin and innocence, cross it holding hands. Closing your eyes in the middle of life to live in peace is like being blinded in order to walk more safely in a land strewn with ravines and precipices.
  1. The world is simply divided into two classes: those who believe in the incredible, like the public, and those who do incredible things.
  1. The world was made by fools so that the wise live in it.
  1. The world was made for men, not women.
  1. The world has always laughed at its own tragedies and this is the only way it has managed to endure them. Consequently everything that the world has treated seriously belongs to the comic side of things.
  1. Doing nothing is the hardest thing in the world.
  1. Our being is our past. And only with the past is it possible to judge people.
  1. The number of women flirting with their husbands in London is outrageous. It is so bad! It's just like washing dirty clothes in public.
  1. For the artist, thought and language are the tools of his art.
  1. Pleasure is the only thing worth having a theory about.
  1. Crying is the refuge of ugly women, but the bane of attractive ones.
  1. The poet can endure anything except a misprint.
  1. The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. Which is the second, no one has yet found out.
  1. Progress is due to the strength of personalities, not principles.
  1. The audience is wonderfully tolerant. Forgive everything except genius.
  1. The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is inconvenient.
  1. The sense of duty is similar to a horrible disease. It destroys the tissues of thought as certain diseases destroy the tissues of the body. The catechism has grave responsibilities to answer.
  1. The sentimental is one who attaches an absurd value to everything and ignores the price assigned to any single object.
  1. Sentimentality is simply the national holiday of cynicism.
  1. The feeling is fine as a flagship. But the essential thing about the tie is the style. A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.
  1. The only charm of the past is the fact that it has passed.
  1. The value of an idea has nothing to do with the sincerity of those who exhibit it. Indeed, it is much more likely that the less sincere one is, the more the idea will be intellectually clear, because, in this case, it will not be infected by his needs, desires or prejudices.
  1. The advantage of emotions is that they lead us astray.
  1. The real fool, the one the gods make fun of or mock at, is the one who does not know himself.
  1. The real downside to marriage is that it makes you selfless. And selfless people are insignificant. They lack individuality.
  1. The supreme vice is superficiality.
  1. The face of a man is his autobiography. A woman's face is her fictional work.
  1. In art, good intentions don't have the slightest value. All the worst art is the result of good intentions.
  1. In a very dry and practical age, the arts are not inspired by life, but by one another.
  1. In every instant of our life we ​​are what we will be, no less than what we have been.
  1. In every single moment of life, one is what one must become no less than what one has been.
  1. In a temple everyone should be serious, except the one who is worshiped there.
  1. I love scratches. They are the only things that are never serious.
  1. I myself am against premature experiences.
  1. The Ideal Man should speak to us as if we were goddesses and treat us as if we were children. He should refuse our every serious request and satisfy our every whim. It should precisely encourage our whims and forbid any mission. He should always say more than he means and always mean a lot more than what he says.
  1. Abnegation is simply a method by which man stops his progress and self-sacrifice is what remains of the mutilation of the savage.
  1. The ambitious must always fight against his time with the weapons of the time. In our age there is a cult of wealth and our god is gold. To succeed you need wealth, so at any cost you have to be rich.
  1. Friendship is more tragic than love because it lasts longer.
  1. Love is nourished by the imagination, thanks to which we become wiser than what we know, better than how we feel, more noble than we really are; with the help of the imagination we see life as a whole, with its help, and with its help only, we can understand others in their real and ideal relationships.
  1. Love is not blind, it is presbyopic: the proof is that it begins to see defects as it moves away.
  1. The soul is born old and becomes young: this is the comedy of life. The body is born young and becomes old: this is the tragedy of life.
  1. Art is a passion.
  1. Art never expresses anything other than itself.
  1. Action is the last resort for those who do not know how to dream.
  1. The echo is often more beautiful than the voice repeated by it.
  1. Education is an admirable thing, but it is good to remember, from time to time, that nothing worth knowing can be taught.
  1. Selfishness does not consist in living as we please but in demanding that others live as we like.
  1. Hesitation, of any kind, is a sign of mental decay in the young and physical weakness in the old.
  1. Experience is the most difficult type of teacher. First he gives you the exam, then he explains the lesson.
  1. Experience is something you cannot get for free.
  1. Experience has no ethical value: it is simply the name men give to their mistakes.
  1. Imagination is a quality that has been granted to man to compensate him for what he is not, while a sense of humor has been given to him to console him for what he is.
  1. Indiscretion is the best part of courage.
  1. Industry is the root of all ugliness.
  1. Intelligence is in itself an exaggeration and destroys the harmony of every face.
  1. Intelligence is not serious and never has been. And an instrument to play, that's all. The only serious form of intelligence I know of is British intelligence. And on it the illiterate beat the drum.
  1. Murder is always a mistake: you should never do anything you can't talk about after dinner.
  1. The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist knows it's true.
  1. Dullness is seriousness that becomes adult.
  1. The only thing worth doing today is being modern.
  1. The only immutable thing about human nature is its mutability.
  1. The only terrible thing in the world is the "ennui" ... it is the only sin for which there is no forgiveness.
  1. The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that the saint has a past and the sinner has a future.
  1. The only charm of marriage consists in the fact that it makes a life woven of deceptions absolutely necessary for both parties.
  1. The only way to treat a woman is to flirt with her, if she is pretty, and flirt with another woman, if she is ugly.
  1. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to give in to it.
  1. The man who sees both sides of an issue is a man who sees absolutely nothing.
  1. The cultured man is the one who knows how to find a beautiful meaning in beautiful things. For him, hope is a real fact.
  1. The man of action is the only person who has more illusions than the dreamer.
  1. Man has enough memory to remember hundreds of anecdotes, but does not have enough memory to remember those who have already told them.
  1. Man has an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except those that deserve to be known.
  1. The man in control of himself puts an end to a pain with the same ease with which he improvises a joy.
  1. Man may believe the impossible, but he will never believe the improbable.
  1. Man can endure misfortunes when they are accidental and come from outside, but suffering for one's sins is the nightmare of life.
  1. Man, poor, clumsy, naive creature, belongs to a sex that has been rational for millions and millions of years. It can't help being. It is its nature. The woman's story is very different. We women have always been colorful protests against the mere existence of common sense. We have seen the dangers from the very beginning.
  1. Beauty is the only thing against which the force of time is in vain. Philosophies disintegrate like sand, beliefs follow one another, but what is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, and a possession for all eternity.
  1. Beauty is a form of Genius, indeed, it is higher than Genius because it does not need explanations. It is one of the great facts of the world, like sunlight, spring, the reflection in the dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. It cannot be questioned: it reigns by divine right.
  1. Beauty cannot be questioned: it reigns by divine right.
  1. The House of Commons does little damage. You cannot make people good with a decree of the Parliament: it is already something.
  1. The basis of all the scandals is an absolute immoral certainty.
  1. The rationale for marriage is mutual misunderstanding.
  1. Beauty is the only thing against which the force of time is in vain. What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons, and a possession for all eternity.
  1. Beauty, true beauty, ends where intellectual expression begins.
  1. Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy the same.
  1. Good society is a necessary thing: being part of it is just a big bore, but being out of it is a tragedy.
  1. The good London society has thousands of women who have remained thirty-five years old for their free choice for years and years.
  1. Bad art is much worse than the absence of art.
  1. Consistency is the last refuge of people without imagination.
  1. The Philistine component in life is not the inability to understand art. Enchanting people such as fishermen, shepherds, plowmen, farmers and the like know nothing about art and are the real salt of the earth.
  1. The erudite conversation is either the affectation of the ignorant, or the profession of the one who is mentally unemployed.
  1. Conscience makes us all self-centered.
  1. The growing influence of women is the only reassuring thing in our political life.
  1. News is literature under pressure.
  1. The definition of the woman? A sphinx with no secrets.
  1. The difference between men and women: men know life too soon; women know life too late.
  1. The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is illegible and that literature is not read.
  1. The woman who fails to make her mistakes attractive is only a female.
  1. Fidelity is to love life what consistency is to intellectual life: simply an admission of failure.
  1. Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
  1. The happiness of a married man ... depends on the women he has not married.
  1. The strength of women comes from something that psychology cannot explain. Men can be analyzed, women only adored.
  1. Youth in America is the oldest tradition. It has been in vogue for more than three hundred years. To hear them speak, it looks like they are in their early childhood. With the advance of civilization they have reached the second.
  1. Youth faces a kingdom. Every man is born a king, but most men die in exile, just like most kings.
  1. Youth! Nothing can be compared to it. It makes no sense to talk about the ignorance of youth. The only ones whose opinions I listen to with respect now are the ones much younger than me. It seems to me that they precede me. Life has revealed the ultimate mystery to them.
  1. Logic is the last refuge of people without imagination.
  1. Most of the people are other people. Their ideas are the opinions of others, their life an imitation, their passions a quote.
  1. Most of London's ladies today furnish their rooms with nothing but orchids, foreign guests and French novels.
  1. Most of us live by wallowing in the sewers, only some do so by looking at the stars.
  1. The mediocrity that balances with other mediocrity and the incompetence that applauds his brother: this is the spectacle that artistic activity gives us from time to time in England.
  1. My experience is this: as soon as people are old enough to know more, they just don't know anything.
  1. Fashion is what one wears. What is out of fashion is what others are wearing.
  1. Fashion is such an intolerable form of ugliness that we are forced to change it every six months.
  1. Moderation is something fatal. The sufficient is as depressing as a regular meal, the overabundant as pleasant as a banquet.
  1. Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards individuals who, personally, we do not like.
  1. Music is the perfect kind of art. Music can never reveal its deepest secret.
  1. Music makes us feel so romantic… or at least it always gets on our nerves.
  1. Passion makes you think in vicious circles.
  1. Punctuality is the thief of time.
  1. The reason we all love to speak so highly of ourselves is that we are afraid of ourselves. The basis of optimism is pure terror.
  1. Health is the first duty of life.
  1. Society often forgives the offender, never forgives the dreamer.
  1. Society avails itself of the right to inflict terrible punishments on the individual, but it also has the supreme vice of superficiality and fails to understand what it has done.
  1. Society, civilized society at least, is never ready to believe anything that goes to the detriment of the rich and charming. He instinctively warns that morals are more important than morals and in his judgment the most crystalline respectability is less important than the possession of a famous cook. It is, after all, little consolation to know that anyone who has made us serve a bad meal or poor wine is of impeccable morality. Not even the cardinal virtues can make people forget a cold stew.
  1. Spontaneity is a very difficult pose to hold.
  1. The history of women is the history of the worst tyranny the world has ever known: the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that resists.
  1. The land has ceased to be both a profit and a pleasure. It offers a position and prevents you from storing it.
  1. Doctor Jekyll's transformation can be dangerously read as an experiment taken from the 'Lancet'.
  1. The real tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self-denial. Beautiful sins, like all beautiful things, are the privilege of the rich.
  1. Truth is a very complex thing, and politics is a very complicated business. There are twists and turns. You can be tied to some people by certain obligations that you have to fulfill: compromise is obligatory in political life sooner or later. Everyone bends over.
  1. The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.
  1. The truth is not what a good, kind and fine girl would say.
  1. The truth is never pure and rarely simple. Modern life would be truly boring if it were pure and simple and modern literature completely impossible!
  1. Life is too short to waste it making other people's dreams come true.
  1. Life is simply a 'mauvais quart d'heure' made up of exquisite moments.
  1. Life is terrible. It is she who governs us, not we who govern it.
  1. Life imitates art more than art imitates life.
  1. The moral life of man is part of the artist's material, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist wants to prove anything.
  1. Life is nothing more than a bad quarter of an hour, made up of exquisite moments.
  1. Actions are the first tragedy of life; the words the second.
  1. Good intentions have been the bane of the world. The only ones who did anything in the world were those who had no intention.
  1. The things you are absolutely certain of are never true.
  1. The worst things have always been done with the best of intentions.
  1. The misfortunes we endure ... come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for our mistake - ah! - this is the most acute pain you can experience in life.
  1. Questions are never indiscreet. Sometimes the answers are.
  1. Women value cruelty more than anything else. And they love to be dominated by it.
  1. Women who have common sense are so curiously insignificant.
  1. Women love us for our flaws. If we have enough, they forgive us everything, even our intelligence.
  1. Women have a wonderful instinct, they discover everything, except the obvious.
  1. Immoral women irritate you, good women bore you.
  1. Insignificant women are always jealous of their husbands, beautiful never are. They are always so busy being jealous of each other's husbands.
  1. Women have nothing to say, but they say it so well!
  1. Women never know when the curtain falls. They always want a sixth act and, just when the interest in the show has completely vanished, they propose to continue it.
  1. Women are not meant to judge us, but simply to forgive us when we need forgiveness. Forgiveness, not punishment, is their mission.
  1. Women are never disarmed by compliments, men always are: this is the difference between the two sexes.
  1. Women represent the triumph of matter over spirit; men represent the triumph of the intellect over morality.
  1. Women have become so deeply educated ... that nothing should surprise us nowadays, except for happy marriages.
  1. Women are made to be loved, not to be understood.
  1. Women are charming and stubborn sex. Every woman is a rebel and usually goes into revolt against herself.
  1. Women, according to some, love with their ears, just like men who love with their eyes; if nevertheless they love.
  1. Madness is the only thing you never regret.
  1. Opium dens, where you can buy oblivion, are dens of horror where the memory of old sins can be destroyed by the madness of new ones.
  1. Confidential information is the source of all great modern fortune.
  1. Mothers, of course, are right. They pay their son's bills and don't bother him. The fathers, on the other hand, annoy their son and never pay his bills.
  1. The masses think that drunkenness, stupidity and immorality must be their private property, and that if one of us makes a fool of himself it is as if he were poaching their reserves.
  1. People with a philanthropic soul lose their sense of humanity. It is the characteristic that distinguishes them.
  1. Polite people contradict others. The wise ones contradict themselves.
  1. American girls always get the best parties. Why can't they stay in their country? They always tell us it's a women's paradise… that's why, like Eve, they're so extremely anxious to leave it behind.
  1. American girls are just as good at hiding their parents as British ladies at hiding their pasts.
  1. Today's girls seem to have the only goal in life to play with fire all the time.
  1. Girls never marry the men they flirt with. They think he is not well.
  1. Feelings are the details that make up the story of our life.
  1. Good ladies have such a limited view of life, their horizon so narrow, their interests so insignificant.
  1. Spies are of no use today. Their profession has run out. The newspapers do their job.
  1. Love stories should never start with feeling. They should start according to scientific laws, and end with a contract.
  1. Is it fair to look back twenty years in a man's career?
  1. The purpose of life is self-development. To fully develop our individuality, this is the mission that each of us must fulfill.
  1. The unfortunate aphorism proposed on Art as a Mirror of Nature is deliberately expressed by Hamlet to convince listeners of his absolute madness in the field of art.
  1. The state must do useful things, the individual must do beautiful things.
  1. London is full of women who trust their husbands. You can always recognize them: they look so deeply unhappy!
  1. London is too full of fogs and serious people. Whether it is the mists that produce the serious people or whether it is the serious people who produce the mists I cannot say.
  1. Lying gracefully is an art, telling the truth is acting according to nature.
  1. I am attracted to the scandals concerning others, but I have no interest in the scandals concerning myself. They don't have the charm of novelty.
  1. I enjoy talking about politics. I talk about it all day. But I can't hear about it. I don't know how the unfortunate members of the House manage to endure those long debates.
  1. I'm glad to hear that my relatives have been insulted. It is the only thing that binds me to them. Relatives are simply a boring bunch of people who don't have the remotest idea of ​​how to live, nor the slightest instinct as to when to die.
  1. I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
  1. I like people more than principles, and, more than anything else in the world, I like people without principles.
  1. I like to talk in front of a brick wall: he is the only interlocutor in the world who never contradicts me.
  1. It seems to me that we all look too much at Nature and live too little with it.
  1. My husband is a kind of promissory note: I'm tired of meeting him every moment.
  1. Many women have backgrounds, but I am told she has at least a dozen, and they all suit her.
  1. Many marriages nowadays end badly for the reasonableness of the husband more than for anything else. How can a woman be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if he were a perfectly rational being?
  1. In the case of very attractive women, sex is a challenge, not a defense.
  1. In the soul of those who are ignorant there is always room for a great idea.
  1. In the English Church a man is successful not by his ability to believe, but by his ability to disbelieve. Ours is the only Church where the Skeptic is on the altar and where St. Thomas is seen as the ideal apostle.
  1. In the strange, simple economy of the world you only get what you give, and for those who do not have enough imagination to penetrate the simple exterior of things and are sorry about it, what pity can there be but that of contempt?
  1. In married life, three are company, two are not.
  1. In married life, affection arises when the spouses absolutely hate each other.
  1. In matters of serious importance, the essential is style, not sincerity.
  1. No gentleman ever does gymnastics.
  1. No gentleman ever has money.
  1. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would stop being an artist.
  1. No man is rich enough to redeem his past.
  1. No civilized man ever regrets a pleasure and no uncivilized man knows what a pleasure is.
  1. No man is truly successful in this world, unless he has a woman behind him, as it is women who rule society. If you don't have women by your side, you are out of this world.
  1. No married man is ever attractive, except for his own wife.
  1. No life is ruined, except one whose growth has stopped.
  1. None of us can stand that others have the same faults as us.
  1. Nothing else makes women age today like the loyalty of their admirers.
  1. Nothing is like youth. Middle-aged men are under the mortgage of life, old men are in his closet. But young people are the Lords of Life. Youth faces a kingdom. Every man is born a king, but most men die in exile, just like most kings.
  1. Nothing ages like happiness.
  1. Nothing succeeds like excess.
  1. We, in the House of Lords, are never in contact with public opinion. This makes us a civilized body.
  1. It is not wise to find symbols in everything that man sees. The symbol makes life full of terror.
  1. I don't like principles… I prefer prejudices.
  1. I neither approve nor disapprove of anything that is new. It is an absurd attitude towards life. We were not sent into the world to show off our moral prejudices. I never pay attention to what vulgar people say and I never object to what charming people do.
  1. Never try to understand a woman. Women are images; men are problems. If you want to know what a woman really means (which is always dangerous anyway) look at her, don't listen to her.
  1. A woman should never be given something she cannot wear in the evening.
  1. I never quarrel with facts. My only quarrel is with words. That's why I hate vulgar realism in literature. Anyone wishing to call a spade a 'spade' should be obliged to use one. It is the only thing that suits him.
  1. There is no art without self-awareness, and self-awareness and a critical spirit are one.
  1. There is nothing in the world as inconvenient for a woman as having a nonconformist conscience.
  1. There is no secret of life. The purpose of life, if there is one, is to always go in search of temptations. There aren't enough of them: I sometimes go through a whole day without running into a single temptation. It is really sad, it causes so much fear for the future.
  1. There are no moral or immoral books. There are books that are well written or poorly written.
  1. It doesn't cost much to be courteous to those people who don't care about anything.
  1. I don't think foreigners ... should have sympathy or dislike for the people they are invited to meet.
  1. Don't say you agree with me. When people agree with me it always seems to me to be in the wrong.
  1. We should never believe a woman who tells her true age. The one who reveals it is ready to tell everything.
  1. There is no ideal husband. The ideal husband remains celibate.
  1. There are no omens: fate does not send heralds. He's too wise or too cruel to do that.
  1. There are no moral or immoral books. There are only well written books or poorly written books. That's all.
  1. It's not good for morale to see bad acting.
  1. Never trust a woman who wears mauve, whatever age she may be, or a woman who, over thirty-five, loves light ribbons. It always indicates that they have a past.
  1. Not inventing anything at all is an act of pure genius and, in a commercial era like ours, it indicates considerable physical courage.
  1. Never disrespect good society ... only those who cannot access it do so.
  1. I never speak while listening to music, or at least while playing good music. If you listen to bad music, it is a must to cover it with conversation.
  1. Those who sin for love do not sin at all.
  1. I can't help but detest my relatives. I suppose this comes from the fact that no one can tolerate others having the same faults as us.
  1. One is never too careful in choosing one's enemies.
  1. You should never side with anything ... Taking a part is the first step towards sincerity, seriousness follows immediately and the human being becomes a nuisance.
  1. It cannot be said that an atmosphere of high morality is very conducive to health or happiness.
  1. We are never as free as when we try to act.
  1. I am not in favor of long engagements: they give the opportunity to discover each other's character before marriage, which is never desirable.
  1. I'm not young enough to know everything anymore.
  1. I don't play masterfully (everyone can play masterfully), but I play with magnificent feeling. As for the plan, feeling is my forte. I reserve science for life.
  1. I see nothing romantic about declaring oneself. It is very romantic to be in love. There is nothing romantic about a precise proposal, because you always run the risk of being accepted. Usually it is, I think. Then the excitement goes away forever. The crux of the matter is uncertainty.
  1. There is no reason why a man should show his life to the world. The world does not understand.
  1. There is but one horrid thing in the world, tedium. Here is the sin that finds no forgiveness.
  1. There is nothing in the world comparable to the devotion of a wife. And husbands have no idea of ​​that.
  1. There is nothing worse than a positive influence ... Any influence is immoral.
  1. There is nothing more beautiful than forgetting, if not perhaps being forgotten.
  1. There is no sin, except stupidity.
  1. Nothing is as maddening as tranquility. There is certainly something brutal about the good humor of most modern men. It amazes me that we women tolerate it with such good grace.
  1. Nothing is as dangerous as being too modern. You risk suddenly becoming out of fashion.
  1. Nothing that is truly useful can be taught.
  1. Nothing should be beyond hope. Life is a hope.
  1. Nothing ages like happiness.
  1. Nothing can cure the soul if not the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses if not the soul.
  1. Nothing ruins a romantic adventure like a woman's sense of humor.
  1. Nothing is refined, except the intellect.
  1. Today, it is extremely dangerous for a husband to show attention to his wife in public.This always makes people think that you are mistreating them in private. Such is the incredulity of the world towards what has the appearance of conjugal happiness.
  1. Today you need to have some occupation. If I didn't have my debts, I would have nothing to think about.
  1. Today being understandable is equivalent to being discovered.
  1. Today, people seem to view life as speculation. It is not a speculation, it is a sacrament. His ideal is love, his purification is sacrifice.
  1. Today the majority of people die of depressing common sense and discover, when it is too late, that the only thing they never regret is their mistakes.
  1. Today everyone has spirit. Wherever you go, you can't help but meet intelligent people. It has become a real plague.
  1. All authority is degrading.
  1. Every crime is vulgar, just as every vulgarity is a crime.
  1. Every influence is negative ... but a positive influence is what is worst in the world.
  1. Each repetition is anti-spiritual.
  1. Every saint has a past, while every sinner has a future.
  1. Every single work of art is the fulfillment of a prophecy.
  1. Every ambitious man must fight his century with his own weapons. What this century adores is wealth. The God of this century is wealth.
  1. Every man lies, but give him a mask and he will be sincere.
  1. Each time you love, it is the only time you have ever loved. The difference of the object does not alter the uniqueness of the passion: it simply intensifies it.
  1. Everyone has hell and heaven within him.
  1. Oh! I love boring, practical topics. What I can't stand are practical and boring people. There is a big difference.
  1. Oh! Spies are of no use today. The newspapers do their job.
  1. Oh, there is only one real tragedy in a woman's life: the fact that the past is always the lover and the future invariably the husband.
  1. Thinking is the least healthy thing in the world and people die of it as they die of other diseases. Fortunately, in England, in any case, the thought does not assert itself. The splendid physique of our people is entirely due to national stupidity.
  1. For Since art arises from the personality, it is only to the personality that it reveals itself and from the meeting of the two a correct interpretative criticism arises.
  1. To gain popularity you have to be a mediocrity.
  1. To understand certain crimes it is enough to know the victims.
  1. To enter the best society, today, you have to serve people good breakfasts, entertain them or shock them: nothing else!
  2. To be happy one should live. But living is the rarest thing in the world. Most of the people exist and nothing more.
  1. For lovers, running away is a coward. It is not wanting to face danger. And danger has become so rare in modern life!
  1. To test reality we have to see it on the tightrope of the circus. When truths become acrobats, then we can judge them.
  1. As for modern journalism, it's not my business to defend it. It justifies its existence through the Darwinian principle of the survival of the most vulgar. I only have to do with literature.
  1. To regain your youth you just need to repeat the follies.
  1. To get my youth back, I would do anything but exercise, get up early or be respectable.
  1. For an instant our lives met… our souls touched.
  1. Losing a parent can be seen as bad luck; losing both is a sign of neglect.
  1. Always forgive your enemies. Nothing angers them more.
  1. The more you analyze the others, the more all reasons for analysis disappear.
  1. A little sincerity is dangerous and a lot of it is absolutely fatal.
  1. Since art arises from the personality, it is only to the personality that it reveals itself and from the meeting of the two a correct interpretative criticism arises.
  1. Since a dreamer is the one who sees his way only in the moonlight, his punishment is to see the dawn before the rest of the world.
  1. Posing as a champion of purity, as it is called, is, in the current condition of English public life, the surest way to become, for the occasion, a heroic figure.
  1. I can believe anything, as long as it's incredible enough.
  1. I can resist anything but temptation.
  1. I can endure brutal force, but brutal reason is unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. like delivering a low blow to the intellect.
  1. Before we used to sanctify our heroes. The modern orientation is to vulgarize them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable.
  1. What is the difference between a scandal and a gossip? Oh! Gossip is pleasant! History is just gossip. But scandal is gossip made boring by morality. A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably dull.
  1. What a ruin for man is marriage! It makes him as ugly as cigarettes, and costs a lot more.
  1. What are American grocery products? American novels.
  1. Anything can become a pleasure if you do it repeatedly.
  1. Whatever resonates in music, I am deeply pleased to say that it never sounds like the German language.
  1. When I was young I believed that the most important thing in life was money, now that I'm old I know it's true.
  1. When the gods want to punish us, they answer our prayers.
  1. When men give up saying what can be fascinating, they also give up thinking about it.
  1. When you are in the city you have fun. When you are in the countryside, they entertain others. This is too boring.
  1. When you are in love, you always start by deceiving yourself and you always end up deceiving others. This is what the world calls a 'love story'.
  1. When you propose an idea to a real Englishman - which is always a rash thing to do - he doesn't dream of evaluating whether the idea is right or wrong. The only thing that he considers of any importance is whether the exhibitor believes in it personally.
  1. When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
  1. When a man says he has run out of life, it means that life has run out of him.
  1. When a woman remarries it is because she hated her first husband. When a man remarries it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck, men risk it.
  1. When you really want love, you will find it waiting for you.
  1. Those who are faithful only know the trivial side of love; it is infidelity that knows its tragic side.
  1. This is the worst thing about women: they always want us to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they don't love us at all. They like to find us hopelessly bad and leave us insignificantly good.
  1. Truths are rarely spoken that deserve to be told. We should choose the truths with the same care with which we choose the lies, and choose our virtues with the same care that we dedicate to the choice of our enemies.
  1. Remember that you should be grateful that there are faults that you can be wrongfully accused of.
  1. Remember that fools in the eyes of the gods and fools in the eyes of man are very different.
  1. As for the virtuous poor, one may feel sorry for them, of course, but one certainly cannot admire them.
  1. By persistently remaining a bachelor, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation.
  1. Address women as if you love them and all men as if they bore you - at the end of the season, you will have a reputation for having the most perfect social instinct.
  1. I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good character and my enemies for their keen intelligence. A man cannot be too careful in choosing his enemies. I don't have one that's not stupid. These are men of a certain intellectual stature and, consequently, they respect me.
  1. If there was less sympathy in the world there would also be less trouble.
  1. If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be evil, the world doesn't believe it. The stupidity of optimism is astounding.
  1. If the lower classes do not set a good example, what are they to do.
  1. If you don't talk about a thing, it never existed. And simply ... the expression that gives reality to things.
  1. If you play good music, people don't listen; if you play bad music, people don't talk.
  1. If a man does exactly what a woman expects of him, she won't get a high opinion of it. We should always do what a woman does not expect and say what she cannot understand.
  1. If a woman truly repents, she has to go to a bad tailor, otherwise no one will believe her.
  1. If a woman wants to keep a man, she simply has to rely on what is worst about him.
  1. One should always be in love. That's why you should never get married.
  1. People are taught how to remember; they are never taught how to develop.
  1. There is much talk of beauty that is in certainty; it seems that the subtlest beauty that is in doubt is ignored. To believe is very monotonous, doubt is deeply exciting.
  1. You can survive anything but death, and be forgiven for anything but a good reputation.
  1. We live in an age in which only the dull are taken seriously, and I live in fear of not being misunderstood.
  1. We are all born in the mud, but some of us look to the stars.
  1. We are all in the sewer, but some of us look to the stars.
  1. I know for sure how important it is not to keep business commitments if you want to maintain a sense of beauty.
  1. Dream as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die today.
  1. A dreamer is he who finds his way in the light of the moon ... punished because he sees the dawn before the others.
  1. Only those who are intellectually lost start arguing.
  1. Only those who do not know where they are going can go far.
  1. Only those who seem stupid have access to the House of Commons and only those who are stupid achieve success.
  1. Only the dull are brilliant in the morning at breakfast.
  1. Only the moderns can become outdated.
  1. Only superficial people do not judge by appearances.
  1. I am against anything that compromises natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit: touch it, and its freshness disappears.
  1. I have always been of the opinion that a man who wishes to get married should know either all or nothing about life.
  1. I am sure that if I lived in the country for six months I would become such a simple type that no one would notice me anymore.
  1. It is only superficial people who need years to free themselves from an emotion. A man who is self-possessed can end pain as easily as he can invent a pleasure.
  1. It is only the superficial qualities that last over time. The deeper nature of a man is soon discovered.
  1. We often confuse duty with what others do and not what we ourselves have to do.
  1. I often have long conversations with myself and am so intelligent that sometimes I don't understand a word of what I say.
  1. Stay alert, here is life; being lulled into tranquility, here is death.
  1. I always amaze myself. It is the only thing that makes life worth living.
  1. I'm afraid all women value cruelty, pure cruelty, more than anything else. Their instincts are wonderfully primitive. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves always in search of a master. They love to be dominated.
  1. Three signatures always inspire total trust, even in loan sharks.
  1. All art is completely useless.
  1. All women have to struggle with death to keep their children. Death, being childless, wants ours.
  1. All women become like their mothers. This is their tragedy. Men don't. And this is their tragedy.
  1. All charming people are spoiled. Here is the secret of their charm.
  1. All people know the price of things but only a few know their true value.
  1. Whenever others agree with me, I always have the feeling of being wrong.
  1. We all need friends sometimes.
  1. All those who are unable to learn have begun to teach.
  1. All men are monsters; there is nothing to do but feed them well: a good cook works miracles.
  1. All men are the property of married women. This is the only true definition of what property of a married woman really is.
  1. All thoughts are immoral. Their very essence is destruction. If you think about one thing, you kill it. Nothing survives if it is thought of.
  1. Everyone can be good in the countryside.
  1. Anyone can write a three-volume novel: this simply requires complete ignorance of life and literature.
  1. Everything modern is sooner or later overcome.
  1. All you need to know in modern life is where the Duchesses are - everything else is pretty depressing.
  1. Everything must come to us from our own nature.
  1. A home environment seems to me to be the right context for man. And certainly, once a man begins to neglect his household duties, he becomes terribly effeminate, and I am sorry for that. It makes men so attractive.
  1. A friend is someone who knows you very well and, despite this, continues to hang out with you.
  1. A kiss can ruin a life.
  1. A burned child loves fire.
  1. A really well made rear is the only link between Art and Nature.
  1. An English country gentleman who gallops behind a fox: the ineffable in full pursuit of the inedible.
  1. A sentimental person is simply someone who wishes to have the pleasure of an emotion without paying for it.
  1. A subject that is beautiful in itself offers no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection.
  1. A man who has no individual thoughts is a man who does not think.
  1. A man who knows how to dominate the guests of a dinner in London can dominate the world. The future belongs to the dandy. The exquisite people will rule.
  1. A man whose desire is to be something other than himself, a member of Parliament, or a successful grocer, or a prestigious solicitor, or a judge, or something equally boring, invariably manages to become what he wants. This is his punishment. Those who want a mask must wear it.
  1. A man is not quite himself when he speaks in the first person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
  1. A man cannot be too careful in choosing his enemies. I don't have one that's not stupid. These are men of a certain intellectual stature and, consequently, they respect me.
  1. An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea.
  1. A world map that does not contain the country of Utopia is not even worthy of a glance, because it does not contemplate the only country to which humanity continually lands. And when it anchors there, the lookout sees a better country and humanity sets sail again. Progress is nothing other than making history of utopias. England will never be civilized until it annexes Utopia to its domains.
  1. A woman is happy as long as she manages to look like she is ten years younger than her daughter.
  1. An evil woman torments. A decent woman is bored. This is the only difference between them.
  1. A woman shouldn't have memories. Memories in a woman are the beginning of her decline. You can always tell from a woman's hat whether or not she lives on memories.
  1. A woman should never be too precise about her age, so as not to seem intriguing.
  1. A mother who doesn't part with her daughter at the end of the season doesn't really love her.
  1. A mask tells us more than a face.
  1. A laugh is by no means a bad start for a friendship and is by far the best way to end it.
  1. A cigarette is the perfect prototype of perfect pleasure. It is exquisite and leaves you unsatisfied. What more could you want?
  1. A cultured man is he who knows how to find a beautiful meaning in beautiful things.
  1. It is always worth asking a question, but not always giving it an answer.
  1. Twenty years of love make a woman similar to a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her similar to a public monument.
  1. There is scarcely one person in the House of Commons who is worth the portrait; although many of its members would improve with a nice whitewash.
  1. There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we believe that no one else has the right to do so. Confession, not the priest, gives us absolution.
  1. There is something infinitely mean about the tragedies of others.
  1. There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
  1. There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life: the fact that the past is always the lover and the future invariably the husband.
  1. There are moments in which one finds oneself in the need to choose between living one's life full, whole, complete, or dragging a false, shameful, degrading existence such as the world into its great hypocrisy.
  1. We live in an age that reads too much to be wise, and believes too much to be beautiful.
  1. We live in an age where the superfluous is our only need.
  1. I would like to capture your heart and your feelings, play with them and then abandon them, as you did with me.