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    "A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing."
    "A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."
    "A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
    "A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction."
    "A poet can survive everything but a misprint."
    "A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it."
    "A true friend stabs you in the front."
    "A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."
    "Ah, well, then I suppose I shall have to die beyond my means."
    "Alas, I am dying beyond my means."
    "All art is quite useless."
    "All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."
    "All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life."
    "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his."
    "Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."
    "Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds."
    "Ambition is the last refuge of the failure."
    "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between."
    "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all."
    "Arguments are extremely vulgar, for everyone in good society holds exactly the same opinion."
    "Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing."
    "Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."
    "As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied."
    "As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."
    "As yet, Bernard Shaw hasn't become prominent enough to have any enemies, but none of his friends like him."
    "At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials."
    "Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon."
    "Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship."
    "Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."
    "Biography lends to death a new terror."
    "By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community."
    "Charity creates a multitude of sins."
    "Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them."
    "Conscience and cowardice are really the same things. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all."
    "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
    "Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative."

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    "Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow."
    "She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman."
    "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
    "Some of these people need ten years of therapy -ten sentences of mine do not equal ten years of therapy."
    "Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result."
    "The basis of optimism is sheer terror."
    "The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."
    "The cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
    "The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read."
    "The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable."
    "The General was essentially a man of peace, except of course in his domestic affairs."
    "The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means."
    "The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates."
    "The man who can dominate a London dinner-table can dominate the world."
    "The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you."
    "The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything."
    "The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties."
    "The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself."
    "The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation."
    "The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are."
    "The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands."
    "The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius."
    "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."
    "The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it."
    "The security of Society lies in custom and unconscious instinct, and the basis of the stability of Society, as a healthy organism, is the complete absence of any intelligence amongst its members."
    "The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
    "The truth is rarely pure and never simple."
    "The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."
    "The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life."
    "The world is divided into two classes, those who believe the incredible, and those who do the improbable."
    "There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating - people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing."
    "There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
    "There is no sin except stupidity."
    "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written."
    "There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that."
    "There is nothing in the world like the devotion of a married woman. It is a thing no married man knows anything about."
    "There is nothing so difficult to marry as a large nose."
    "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about."
    "These days man knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing."
    "This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last."
    "Those whom the gods love grow young."
    "To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect."
    "To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness."
    "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."
    "To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul."
    "True friends stab you in the front."
    "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
    "What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying."
    "When a man has once loved a woman he will do anything for her except continue to love her."
    "When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs."
    "When good Americans die they go to Paris."
    "When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."
    "When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers."
    "Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."
    "Who, being loved, is poor?"
    "Why was I born with such contemporaries?"
    "Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat."
    "Women are made to be loved, not understood."
    "Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the sexes."
    "Work is the curse of the drinking classes."
    "Yet each man kills the thing he loves, by each let this be heard, some do it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss, the brave man with a sword!"

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