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Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
I can resist anything except temptation.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
No good deed goes unpunished.
I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.
To define is to limit.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.
Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
A good friend will always stab you in the front.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
I am not young enough to know everything.
You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
The heart was made to be broken.
I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.
Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary
The very essence of romance is uncertainty.
Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend’s success.
The world is a stage and the play is badly cast.
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.
The nicest feeling in the world is to do a good deed anonymously-and have somebody find out.
The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.
Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.