Acynicisamanwhoknowsthepriceofeverythingandthevalueofnothing.愤世嫉俗者是一个知道所有东西的价格、却不知道它们的价值的人。Adreamerisonewhocanonlyfindhiswaybymoonlight,andhispunishmentisthatheseesthedaw...A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
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.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
Bad artists always admire each other’s work.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
Dammit sir, it’s your duty to get married. You can’t be always living for pleasure.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Don’t give a woman advice; one should never give a woman anything she can’t wear in the evening.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
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.
I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don’t talk politics.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I’m saying.
I can resist everything except temptation.
I have made an important discovery…that alcohol, taken in sufficient quantities, produces all the effects of intoxication.
I like talking to a brick wall, it’s the only thing in the world that never contradicts me.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.
I think that God, in creating Man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.
Ignorance is like a delicate flower: touch it and the bloom is gone.
In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.
It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.
It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one’s enemies. It is the successes of one’s friends that are hard to bear.
Life is one fool thing after another whereas love is two fool things after each other.
Like dear St Francis of Assisi I am wedded to Poverty: but in my case the marriage is not a success.
Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
Music makes one feel so romantic—at least it always gets on one’s nerves, which is the same thing nowadays.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she’ll tell anything.
Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.
Science is the record of dead religions.
Tell the cook of this restaurant with my compliments that these are the very worst sandwiches in the whole world, and that when I ask for a watercress sandwich I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden…It ends with Revelations.
The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Thirty five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirty-five for years.
This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
Time is a waste of money.
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
True friends stab you in the front.
When good Americans die they go to Paris. When bad Americans die they go to America.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
When I was young I used to think that money was the most important thing in life. Now that I am old, I know it is.
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes.
Women have a much better time than men in this world. There are far more things forbidden to them.
Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them women will forgive them everything, even their gigantic intellects.
Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot.