There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
As for being poisoned by a book, there is no such thing as that. Art has no influence upon action. It annihilates the desire to act. It is superbly sterile. The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
The worst of it is that I am perpetually being punished for nothing; this governor loves to punish, and he punishes by taking my books away from me. It's perfectly awful to let the mind grind itself away between the upper and nether millstones of regret and remorse without respite; with books my life would be livable -- any life.
What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb. American novels, answered Lord Henry.
Nowadays, people read too many books to appreciate any.
Si no podéis disfrutar leyendo un libro repetidas veces, de nada sirve leerlo ni una sola vez.
Hayat başkalarının hatalarını yüklenemeyecek kadar kısaydı. Herkes kendi hayatını yaşıyor ve bu hayatı yaşamanın bedelini ödüyordu. Acı olansa, insanın çoğu zaman tek bir hata için çok fazla bedel ödemek zorunda kalmasıydı. Aslına bakılırsa, insan tek bir hata için sürekli bedel ödeyip duruyordu. Kader, insanla olan alışverişinde alacak defterini hiçbir zaman kapatmıyordu.
Are there not books that can make us live more in one single hour than life can make us live in a score of shameful years?
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.
We all take such pains to over-educate ourselves. In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. The thoroughly well-informed man - that is the modern ideal. And the mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
The nuisance of the intellectual sphere is the man who is so occupied in trying to educate others, that he has never had any time to educate himself
In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.
The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
In judging of a beautiful statue, the aesthetic faculty is absolutely and completely gratified by the splendid curves of those marble lips that are dumb to our complaint, the noble modelling of those limbs that are powerless to help us.
I have a dining room done in different shades of white, with white cushions embroidered in yellow silk: the effect is absolutely delightful and the room beautiful.
The spirit of an age may be best expressed in the abstract ideal arts, for the spirit itself is abstract and ideal.
Nothing, indeed, is more dangerous to the young artist than any conception of ideal beauty: he is constantly led by it either into weak prettiness or lifeless abstraction: whereas to touch the ideal at all, you must not strip it of vitality.