Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.
We must know the measure of a man's desires before we can sound the depth of his regrets.
A quart of doubt to an ounce of truth is the safest brew.
People get to like a soul, but a satisfactory hat makes an impression at first sight.
To love is to know the sacrifices which eternity exacts from life.
A statesman's words, like butcher's meat, should be well weighed.
Men astonish themselves far more than they astonish their friends.
Faults! I adore faults! I can never find too many in any creature.
There never was a woman so ill-suited to public life as I am. I have had to whip myself, as it were, into society, and the loneliness of it all has been terrific.
All is vanity, and discovering it - the greatest vanity.
All forced virtue is degrading in it effect.
In life there are no Unities, but three Incomprehensibles: Destiny, Man, and Woman.
It is our imagination, not our conscience, which makes us better than the beasts of the field.
There is no misery quite so wearing as the misery of a false position. It seems to slay the body and the soul.
An artist is a person who thinks more than there is to think, feels more than there is to feel, and sees more than there is to see.
Those who have made unhappy marriages walk on stilts, while the happy ones are on a level with the crowd. No one sees 'em!
love comes to man through his senses - to woman through her imagination.
To die for one's great ideas is glorious - and easy. The horror is to outlive them. That is our worst capability.
When a man forgets his ideals he may hope for happiness, but not till then.
I have always found that each step we take in life is to be regretted - if we once begin to wonder how many other steps might have been possible.
A man with a career can have no time to waste upon his wife and friends; he has to devote it wholly to his enemies.
Women may be whole oceans deeper than we are, but they are also a whole paradise better. She may have got us out of Eden, but as a compensation she makes the earth very pleasant.
Why should we refuse the happiness this hour gives us, because some other hour might take it away?
Men are all the same. They always think that something they are going to get is better than what they have got.
What is beautiful is right: what is unbeautiful is wrong.
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