Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.
The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free expression of Beauty in new forms.
Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
The true critic is he who bears within himself the dreams and ideas and feelings of myriad generations, and to whom no form of thought is alien, no emotional impulse obscure.
Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.
No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
Woman's first duty in life is to her dressmaker. What the second duty is no one has yet discovered.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
The value of an idea has nothing whatever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it.
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.