The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore
Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.
Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium.
It is a mistake to expect good work from expatriates for it is not what they do that matters but what they are not doing
Imprisoned in every fat man a thin man is wildly signaling to be let out.
The dread of lonliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance folly, infatuation and darkness.
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
Vulgarity is the garlic in the salad of life.
The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.
Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.
Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.
The more books we read, the clearer it becomes that the true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and that no other task is of any consequence.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.
The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet
All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.
Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.
Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
The artist is a member of the leisured classes who cannot pay for his leisure.
The civilized are those who get more out of life than the uncivilized, and for this we are not likely to be forgiven.
Idleness is only a coarse name for my infinite capacity for living in the present
No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.
No taste is so acquired as that for someone else’s quality of mind