When people are collecting gold they aren't doing business. ... Gold is constipation: even bankruptcy is more fluid. Gold isn't wealth: positions in markets are wealth.
No rich man is a patriot, no rich man is a friend. They have all only got one fatherland the Ritz-Carlton; and one friend the mistress they're promising to divorce their wives for.
The waste, the insane freaks of these money men, the cynicism and egotism of their life... I'll show that they are not brilliant, not romantic, not delightful, not intelligent.
If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn't be enough to go around.
About myself - no. I'm unimportant, an observer, a wandering animal.
A woman can't be, until a girl dies. . . . I mean the sprites that girls are, so different from us, all their fancies, their illusions, their flower world, the dreams they live in.
Creation of something out of nothing is the most primitive of human passions and the most optimistic
Intuition is not infallible; it only seems to be the truth. It is a message which we may interpret wrongly.
You want to be free and break new ground, speak your mind, fear no man, have the neighbours acknowledge that you're a good man; and at the same time you want to be a success, make money, join the country club, get the votes and kick the other man in the teeth and off the ladder.
Charm is a cunning self-forgetfulness.
Gentlemen are overestimated, that is my experience.
I don't know what imagination is, if not an unpruned, tangled kind of memory.
It is a rule of creative ability that it does nothing of any value, while it is possessed by this afflatus of vanity.
There'll be no sense in sexual theories until women start telling their minds; and, of course, until they have some.
Philosophy is by the timid for the timid.
Life is nothing but rags and tags and filthy rags at that.
Every work of art should give utterance, or indicate, the awful blind strength and the cruelty of the creative impulse, that is why they must all have what are called errors, both of taste and style.
Women have been brought up much like slaves, that is, to lie.
A woman is a hunter without a forest.
Los Angeles is a Yukon for crime-story writers.
A lie is real; it aims at success. A liar is a realist.
Socialist writers are made of sterner stuff than those who only let their characters steeplechase through trouble in order to comeout first in the happy ending of moral uplift.
Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.
Humorists are always pessimists. They're reactionaries: because they see that every golden cloud has a black lining.
Men never believe a woman can do anything.
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