Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-
One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing.
Musical people always want one to be perfectly dumb at the very moment when one is longing to be perfectly deaf.
An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
Authority is quite degrading.
None of us can stand other people who have the same faults as ourselves.
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.
It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.
We become lovers when we see Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet makes us students. The blood of Duncan is upon our hands, with Timon we rage against the world, and when Lear wanders out upon the heath the terror of madness touches us.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Beauty is a form of geniusis higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, orspringtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
The English public, as a mass, takes no interest in a work of art until it is told that the work in question is immoral.
He thinks like a Tory, and talks like a Radical, and that's so important nowadays.
The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity.
Every woman is wrong until she cries.
She is a peacock in everything but beauty.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
A sentimentalist is simply one who desires to have the luxury of an emotion without paying for it.
Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Nowadays, all the married men live like bachelors, and all the bachelors like married men.
It is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth.
Frank Harris has been received in all the great houses -- once
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists of the perfect use of an imperfect medium.
George Bernard Shaw - Lady Gregory - John Fletcher - Jean Racine - Henry Porter - Hannah Cowley - George S. Kaufman - George Colman - Anton Chekhov - Alexandre Dumas