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There are only two types of people in the world. Those who make people happy wherever they go and those who make others happy whenever they go.

There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.
It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.
The greatest of all sins is stupidity.
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.
There is no sin except stupidity.
Life is too important to be taken seriously.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. And unselfishness is letting other people's lives alone, not interfering with them. Selfishness always aims at uniformity of type. Unselfishness recognizes infinite variety of type as a delightful thing, accepts it, acquiesces in it, enjoys it.
Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.
To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
Public Opinion... an attempt to organize the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.
We who live in prison, and in whose lives there is no event but sorrow, have to measure time by throbs of pain, and the record of bitter moments.
One can only give an unbiased opinion about things that do not interest one, which is no doubt the reason an unbiased opinion is always valueless. The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing.
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Who, being loved, is poor?
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.
I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.
To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist -- the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know exactly how much oil one must put with one's vinegar.
A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.
Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Work is a refuge of people who have nothing better to do.
Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she'll tell anything.
The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, and the young know everything.
What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.
Skepticism is the beginning of Faith.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
The great things in life are what they seem to be. And for that reason, strange as it may sound to you, often are very difficult to interpret (understand). Great passion are for the great of souls. Great events can only be seen by people who are on a level with them. We think we can have our visions for nothing. We cannot. Even the finest and most self-sacrificing visions have to paid for. Strangely enough, that is what makes them fine.
Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.
Life would be dull without them.
Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
There is always something infinitely mean about other people's tragedies.
The truth is rarely pure, and never simple
Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality.
None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
I can't help detesting my relations. I suppose it comes from the fact that none of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
Misfortunes one can endure -- they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults -- Ah! there is the sting of life.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
I am not young enough to know everything.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

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