It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.
You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.
It is wise to apply the oil of refined politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
January, month of empty pockets! let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.
In its early stages, insomnia is almost an oasis in which those who have to think or suffer darkly take refuge.
The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all smell alike.
To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
In the matter of furnishing, I find a certain absence of ugliness far worse than ugliness.
Total absence of humor renders life impossible.