Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.
Quote by Oscar Wilde
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
An ordinary man away from home giving advice.
I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day...
I can sympathize with everything, except suffering.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will...
No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.
I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is...
Judges, like the criminal classes, have their lighter moments
Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner. Conscience makes egotists...
Simple pleasures are always the last refuge of the complex
Nothing spoils romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.
The only difference between a caprice and a lifelong passion is that the caprice lasts...
Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
They afterwards took me to a dancing saloon where I saw the only rational method...
The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And...
Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.
Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of...