Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself. Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.
A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
A ready way to lose your friend is to lend him money. Another equally ready way to lose him is to refuse to lend him money. It is six of one and a half dozen of the other.
All that is necessary to raise imbecility into what the mob regards as profundity is to lift it off the floor and put it on a platform.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
I drink to make other people interesting.
It is the mark of a superior person that, left to themselves they are able endlessly to amuse, interest and entertain themselves out of their personal stock of meditations, ideas, criticisms, memories, philosophy, humor and what not.
An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.
The notion that as a man grows older his illusions leave him is not quite true. What is true is that his early illusions are supplanted by new, and to him, equally convincing illusions.
Criticism is the art of appraising others at one's own value.
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
Whenever a man encounters a woman in a mood he doesn't understand, he wants to know if she's tired.
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.
Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.
In the theatre, a hero is one who believes that all women are ladies, a villain one who believes that all ladies are women.
Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.
A ham is simply any actor who has not been successful in repressing his natural instincts.
Common sense, in so far as it exists, is all for the bourgeoisie. Nonsense is the privilege of the aristocracy. The worries of the world are for the common people.
There is no legimate actor who can resist the powerful lure of the movies. It isn't the money that fetches him. It isn't the great publicity. It is simply this: the movies enable an actor to look at himself.
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
I know many married men, I even know a few happily married men, but I don't know one who wouldn't fall down the first open coal hole running after the first pretty girl who gave him a wink.
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