America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.
He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.
Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams
It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
You should study the Peerage, Gerald. It is the one book a young man about town should know thoroughly, and it is the best thing in fiction the English have ever done.
Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.
Bad artists always admire each other's work. They call it being large-minded and free from prejudice. But a truly great artist cannot conceive of life being shown, or beauty fashioned, under any conditions other than those he has selected.
In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.
Modern pictures are, no doubt, delightful to look at. At least, some of them are. But they are quite impossible to live with; they are too clever, too assertive, too intellectual. Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. One