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A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
Duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.
I can resist everything except temptation.
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.


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"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months." Make picture quote!
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future." Make picture quote!
"Everybody who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching." Make picture quote!
"I am not young enough to know everything." Make picture quote!
"Everything popular is wrong." Make picture quote!
"I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself." Make picture quote!
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." Make picture quote!
"Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life." Make picture quote!
"Hatred is blind, as well as love." Make picture quote!
"Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter." Make picture quote!
"How marriage ruins a man! It is as demoralizing as cigarettes, and far more expensive." Make picture quote!
"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative." Make picture quote!
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being." Make picture quote!
"Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing." Make picture quote!
"By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community." Make picture quote!
"I have nothing to declare except my genuis." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect." Make picture quote!
"I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly." Make picture quote!
"Death and vulgarity are the only two facts in the nineteenth century that one cannot explain away." Make picture quote!
"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." Make picture quote!
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught." Make picture quote!
"Charity creates a multitude of sins." Make picture quote!
"Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them." Make picture quote!
"Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative." Make picture quote!
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance." Make picture quote!
"Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people." Make picture quote!
"Do you really think it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations which it requires strength, strength and courage to yield to." Make picture quote!
"Biography lends to death a new terror." Make picture quote!
"Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat." Make picture quote!
"Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives." Make picture quote!
"Women are made to be loved, not understood." Make picture quote!
"Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes." Make picture quote!
"Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects." Make picture quote!
"Work is the curse of the drinking classes." Make picture quote!
"Who, being loved, is poor?" Make picture quote!
"While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance." Make picture quote!
"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong." Make picture quote!
"Why was I born with such contemporaries?" Make picture quote!
"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow." Make picture quote!
"The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates." Make picture quote!
"Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live." Make picture quote!
"The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray." Make picture quote!
"Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals." Make picture quote!
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." Make picture quote!
"The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties." Make picture quote!
"Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result." Make picture quote!
"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything." Make picture quote!
"The basis of optimism is sheer terror." Make picture quote!
"The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame." Make picture quote!
"The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic." Make picture quote!
"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means." Make picture quote!
"The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world." Make picture quote!
"The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you." Make picture quote!
"Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement." Make picture quote!
"One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation." Make picture quote!
"The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read." Make picture quote!
"One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead." Make picture quote!
"No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly." Make picture quote!
"No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating." Make picture quote!
"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so aggravating than calmness." Make picture quote!
"Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm." Make picture quote!
"There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies." Make picture quote!
"One of the many lessons that one learns in prison is, that things are what they are and will be what they will be." Make picture quote!
"The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself." Make picture quote!
"One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry." Make picture quote!
"One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged." Make picture quote!
"Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities." Make picture quote!
"Only the shallow know themselves." Make picture quote!
"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you." Make picture quote!
"Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more." Make picture quote!
"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious." Make picture quote!
"Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected." Make picture quote!
"Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both." Make picture quote!
"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit." Make picture quote!
"One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards." Make picture quote!
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." Make picture quote!
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." Make picture quote!
"There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better." Make picture quote!
"There's nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It's a thing no married man knows anything about." Make picture quote!
"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." Make picture quote!
"Those whom the gods love grow young." Make picture quote!
"To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect." Make picture quote!
"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness." Make picture quote!
"There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else." Make picture quote!
"True friends stab you in the front." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose." Make picture quote!
"What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." Make picture quote!
"What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying." Make picture quote!
"When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her." Make picture quote!
"When good Americans die they go to Paris." Make picture quote!
"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is." Make picture quote!
"When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers." Make picture quote!
"No man is rich enough to buy back his past." Make picture quote!
"The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable." Make picture quote!
"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius." Make picture quote!
"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple." Make picture quote!
"The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it." Make picture quote!
"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible." Make picture quote!
"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." Make picture quote!
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation." Make picture quote!
"The well bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves." Make picture quote!
"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Make picture quote!
"The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast." Make picture quote!
"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation." Make picture quote!
"There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up." Make picture quote!
"There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing." Make picture quote!
"There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us." Make picture quote!
"There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love." Make picture quote!
"There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad." Make picture quote!
"There is no sin except stupidity." Make picture quote!
"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about." Make picture quote!
"The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life." Make picture quote!
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." Make picture quote!
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead." Make picture quote!
"Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion." Make picture quote!
"Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there." Make picture quote!
"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist." Make picture quote!
"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known." Make picture quote!
"As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied." Make picture quote!
"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular." Make picture quote!
"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between." Make picture quote!
"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." Make picture quote!
"Ambition is the last refuge of the failure." Make picture quote!
"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world." Make picture quote!
"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." Make picture quote!
"I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works." Make picture quote!
"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." Make picture quote!
"I see when men love women. They give them but a little of their lives. But women when they love give everything." Make picture quote!
"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability." Make picture quote!
"I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy." Make picture quote!
"I think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability." Make picture quote!
"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship." Make picture quote!
"A true friend stabs you in the front." Make picture quote!
"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Make picture quote!
"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally." Make picture quote!
"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal." Make picture quote!
"A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her." Make picture quote!
"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies." Make picture quote!
"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction." Make picture quote!
"An excellent man; he has no enemies; and none of his friends like him." Make picture quote!
"A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it." Make picture quote!
"Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing." Make picture quote!
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament." Make picture quote!
"Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means." Make picture quote!
"Alas, I am dying beyond my means." Make picture quote!
"All art is quite useless." Make picture quote!
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." Make picture quote!
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his." Make picture quote!
"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much." Make picture quote!
"Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds." Make picture quote!
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint." Make picture quote!
"Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." Make picture quote!
"It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection." Make picture quote!
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Make picture quote!
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." Make picture quote!
"Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one." Make picture quote!
"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life." Make picture quote!
"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about." Make picture quote!
"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." Make picture quote!
"It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned." Make picture quote!
"Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable." Make picture quote!
"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." Make picture quote!
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Make picture quote!
"Memory... is the diary that we all carry about with us." Make picture quote!
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance." Make picture quote!
"Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed." Make picture quote!
"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike." Make picture quote!
"Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes." Make picture quote!
"Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty." Make picture quote!
"Life is too important to be taken seriously." Make picture quote!
"In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience." Make picture quote!
"It is only by not paying one's bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes." Make picture quote!
"If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk." Make picture quote!
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." Make picture quote!
"If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world." Make picture quote!
"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life." Make picture quote!
"If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism." Make picture quote!
"Illusion is the first of all pleasures." Make picture quote!
"In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever." Make picture quote!
"In married life three is company and two none." Make picture quote!
"In modern life nothing produces such an effect as a good platitude. It makes the whole world kin." Make picture quote!
"It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information." Make picture quote!
"It is always the unreadable that occurs." Make picture quote!
"It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But... it is better to be good than to be ugly." Make picture quote!
"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating." Make picture quote!
"It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art." Make picture quote!
"If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized." Make picture quote!
"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane." Make picture quote!
"Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something." Make picture quote!
"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. " Make picture quote!
"I am glad to hear you smoke. A man should always have an occupation of some kind." Make picture quote!
"I have never admitted that I am more than twenty-nine, or thirty at the most. Twenty-nine when there are pink shades, thirty when there are not." Make picture quote!
"Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike." Make picture quote!
"Morality, like art, means a drawing a line someplace." Make picture quote!
"Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes." Make picture quote!
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead." Make picture quote!
"Skaters by their very nature are urban guerillas: they make everyday use of the useless artifacts of the technological burden, and employ the handiwork of the government/corporate structure in a thousand ways that the original architects could never dream" Make picture quote!
"Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to be" Make picture quote!
"Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go." Make picture quote!
"The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, the young know everything." Make picture quote!
"The consciousness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring." Make picture quote!
"The general was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life." Make picture quote!
"When a woman marries again, it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck men risk theirs." Make picture quote!
"Work is the refuge of those who have nothing better to do." Make picture quote!




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