Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.
Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few.
A man admires a woman not for what she says, but what she listens to.
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.
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.
So long as there is one pretty girl left on the stage, the professional undertakers may hold up their burial of the theater.
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.
It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself. Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.
Women, as they grow older, rely more and more on cosmetics. Men, as they grow older, rely more and more on a sense of humor.
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.
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.
Whenever a man encounters a woman in a mood he doesn't understand, he wants to know if she's tired.
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
Beauty makes idiots sad and wise men merry.
Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.