What odd chaps you painters are! You do anything in the world to gain a reputation. As soon as you have one, you seem to want to throw it away. It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than begin talked about, and that is not being talked about. A portrait like this would set you far above all the young men in England, and make the old men jealous, if old men are ever capable of any emotion.
As he looked back upon man moving through History, he was haunted by a feeling of loss. So much had been surrendered! and to such little purpose!...Hedonism... was to teach man to concentrate himself upon the moments of a life that is but itself a moment.
If one were to live his life fully and completely were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream.
It is quite true that I have worshipped you with far more romance of feeling than a man usually gives to a friend. Somehow, I had never loved a woman. I suppose I never had time. Perhaps, as Harry says, a really grande passion is the privilege of those who have nothing to do, and that is the use of the idle classes in a country
A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
There is always something ridiculous about the emotions of people whom one has ceased to love.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
There is no such thing as morality or immorality in thought. There is immoral emotion.
Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.
A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.
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