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"Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it
every six months."
"A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
"Alas, I am dying beyond my means."
"I am not young enough to know everything."
"I think that God in creating Man somewhat overestimated his ability."
"It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless
"Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow."
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions,
their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well
written or badly written."
"I sometimes think that God, in creating man, overestimated His
"The basis for optimism is sheer terror."
"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."
"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."
"Why was I born with such contemporaries?"
"Only the shallow know themselves."
"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
"The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is
unreadable and literature is not read."
"Biography lends to death a new terror."
"I love acting. It is so much more real than life."
"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."
"Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would
say that it had merely been detected."
"Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by
reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some
perfectly uninteresting event."
"Music makes one feel so romantic - at least it always gets on one's
nerves - which is the same thing nowadays."
"Illusion is the first of all pleasures."
"The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius."
"One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down
everything except a good reputation."