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It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
A women under stress is not immediately concerned with finding solutions to her problems but rather seeks relief by expressing herself and being understood.
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse.
But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!
I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
And now, I am dying beyond my means. [Sipping champagne on his deathbed]
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
Maybe I couldn't make it. Maybe I don't have a pretty smile, good teeth, nice tits, long legs, a cheeky ass, a sexy voice. Maybe I don't know how to handle men and increase my market value, so that the rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me. Then again, maybe I'm sick of the masquerade. I'm sick of pretending eternal youth. I'm sick of belying my own intelligence, my own will, my own sex. I'm sick of peering at the world through false eyelashes, so everything I see is mixed with a shadow of bought hairs; I'm sick of weighting my head with a dead mane, unable to move my neck freely, terrified of rain, of wind, of dancing too vigorously in case I sweat into my lacquered curls. I'm sick of the Powder Room. I'm sick of pretending that some fatuous male's self-important pronouncements are the objects of my undivided attention, I'm sick of going to films and plays when someone else wants to, and sick of having no opinions of my own about either. I'm sick of being a transvestite. I refuse to be a female impersonator. I am a woman, not a castrate.
Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose--a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated.
Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love -- and to put its trust in life.
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
Why is our memory good enough to recall to the last detail things that have happened to us, yet not good enough to recall how often we have told them to the same person.
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
I think the worst woman that ever existed would have made a man of very passable reputation -- they are all better than us and their faults such as they are must originate with ourselves.
It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son -- and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.
Man forgives women anything save the wit to outwit him.
The nearer society approaches to divine order, the less separation will there be in the characters, duties, and pursuits of men and women. Women will not become less gentle and graceful, but men will become more so. Women will not neglect the care and education of their children, but men will find themselves ennobled and refined by sharing those duties with them; and will receive, in return, co-operation and sympathy in the discharge of various other duties, now deemed inappropriate to women. The more women become rational companions, partners in business and in thought, as well as in affection and amusement, the more highly will men appreciate home.
It seems as though women keep growing. Eventually they can have little or nothing in common with the men they chose long ago.
It is the woman who chooses the man who will choose her.
Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.
I have always been principally interested in men for sex. I've always thought any sane woman would be a lover of women because loving men is such a mess. I have always wished I'd fall in love with a woman. Damn.
Even the wisest men make fools of themselves about women, and even the most foolish women are wise about men.
A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can't fold a paper in a crowded train.
The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.
Once women begin to question the inevitability of their subordination and to reject the conventions formerly associated with it, they can no longer retreat to the safety of those conventions. The woman who rejects the stereotype of feminine weakness and dependence can no longer find much comfort in the clich? that all men are beasts. She has no choice except to believe, on the contrary, that men are human beings, and she finds it hard to forgive them when they act like animals.
Men naturally resent it when women take greater liberties in dress than men are allowed.
I'm a woman who was raised to believe that you are not complete unless you have a man. Well, in some ways it's true. I am a feminist to a point. But I'm not going to deny the fact that I love to be with men.
Men should be saying I want to become a woman. The world would be a far better place if more men wanted to become women, than women wanted to become men.
He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer.
A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.
Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
Throughout recorded time... there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other. The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable.
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
The downtrodden, who are the great creators of slang.
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
Children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort, man can only propose to diminish, arithmetically, the sufferings of the world.

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