To destroy is still the strongest instinct in nature.
You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men.
As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.
To mankind in general Macbeth and Lady Macbeth stand out as the supreme type of all that a host and hostess should not be.
When hospitality becomes an art it loses its very soul.
No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt.
The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of Americans.
People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people.
Some people are born to lift heavy weights, some are born to juggle golden balls.
Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently. Things hitherto undone should be given, I suspect, a wide berth.
A hundred eyes were fixed on her, and half as many hearts lost to her.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
You will find my last words in the blue folder.
Good sense about trivialities is better than nonsense about things that matter.
True dandyism is the result of an artistic temperament working upon a fine body within the wide limits of fashion.
Every one, even the richest and most munificent of men, pays much by cheque more light-heartedly than he pays little in specie.
The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity.
It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.
The lower one's vitality, the more sensitive one is to great art.
All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
Zuleika, on a desert island, would have spent most of her time in looking for a man's footprint.
Women who love the same man have a kind of bitter freemasonry.
To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving.
People are either born hosts or born guests.
Incongruity is the mainspring of laughter.
I was a modest, good-humoured boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.
Men of genius are not quick judges of character.
Of course we all know that Morris was a wonderful all-round man, but the act of walking round him has always tired me.
Undergraduates owe their happiness chiefly to the consciousness that they are no longer at school. The nonsense which was knocked out of them at school is all put gently back at Oxford or Cambridge.
The most perfect caricature is that which, on a small surface, with the simplest means, most accurately exaggerates, to the highest point, the peculiarities of a human being, at his most characteristic moment in the most beautiful manner.
Men prominent in life are mostly hard to converse with. They lack small-talk, and at the same time one doesn't like to confront them with their own great themes.
The Socratic manner is not a game at which two can play.
There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.
I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.
I have known no man of genius who had not to pay, in some affliction or defect either physical or spiritual, for what the gods had given him.
It is easier to confess a defect than to claim a quality.
No Roman ever was able to say, 'I dined last night with the Borgias'.
One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.
To give an accurate and exhaustive account of that period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.