An excellent man : he has no enemies, and none of his friends like him.
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.
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
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
“Life is terribly deficient in form. Its catastrophes happen in the wrong way and to the wrong people. There is a grotesque horror about its comedies, and its tragedies seem to culminate in farce. One is always wounded when one approaches it. Things last either too long or not long enough.”
~ from The Critic As Artist
MRS. CHEVELEY : Ah ! The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored.
SIR ROBERT : You think science cannot grapple with the problem of women ?
MRS. CHEVELEY : Science can never grapple with the irrational. That is why it has no future before it, in this world.
SIR ROBERT : And women represent the irrational.
MRS. CHEVELEY : Well-dressed women do.
–from “An Ideal Husband“
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”