Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business, frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite.
I am one of those who are made for exceptions, not for laws.
The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world.
In its primary aspect, a painting has no more spiritual message than an exquisite fragment of Venetian glass. The channels by which all noble and imaginative work in painting should touch the soul are not those of the truths of lives.
The world was my oyster but I used the wrong fork.
The secret of life is in art.
The best way to enjoy your job is to imagine yourself without one.
Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance. Oscar Wild
I can resist everything except temptation.
Before Turner there was no fog in London.
No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.
Ordinary people waited till life disclosed to them its secrets, but to the few, to the elect, the mysteries of life were revealed before the veil was drawn away. Sometimes this was the effect of art, and chiefly of the art of literature, which dealt immediately with the passions and the intellect.
Other people are quite dreadful. The only possible society is oneself.
And suddenly the moon withdraws her sickle from the lightening skies, and to her sombre cavern flies, wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze.
Where there is sorrow, there is holy ground.
Art only begins where Imitation ends.
The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.
Wisdom comes with winters
Her capacity for family affection is extraordinary. When her third husband died, her hair turned quite gold from grief.
The job of the critic is to report to us his moods.
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.