Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
My specialty is detached malevolence.
Wine is wonderful stuff. But so many people are put off by the snobbery of it.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm.
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
Tell me thy company, and I shall tell thee what thou art.
Everything beautiful has a mark of eternity.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
One of the great penalties those of us who live our lives in full view of the public must pay is the loss of that most cherished birthright of man's, privacy.
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
Who the hell wants fourteen pairs of shoes when they go on holiday? I haven't had fourteen pairs in my life.
All is disgust when a man leaves his own nature and does what is unfit.
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
The gift of words is the gift of deception and illusion.
Jests that give pains are not jests.
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.