The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
I can resist anything except temptation.
I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do – the day after.
The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.
Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.
Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.
I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do.
I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his ability.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
If you are not long, I will wait for you all my life.
With freedom, flowers, books, and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
To define is to limit.
Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.