I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
The source of all life and knowledge is in man and woman, and the source of all living is in the interchange and the meeting and mingling of these two: man-life and woman-life, man-knowledge and woman-knowledge, man-being and woman-being.
The pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy.
Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and it's always daisy-time.
Art-speech is the only truth. An artist is usually a damned liar, but his art, if it be art, will tell you the truth of his day.
Only in a novel are all things given full play.
A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
The soul is a very perfect judge of her own motions, if your mind doesn't dictate to her.
If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.
One never can know the whys and the wherefores of one's passional changes.
One could laugh at the world better if it didn't mix tender kindliness with its brutality.
The proper study of mankind is man in his relation to his deity.
I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.
Oh the innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means.
I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.
The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just.
Nothing that comes from the deep, passional soul is bad, or can be bad.
I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
The one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.
The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else.
I can't do with mountains at close quarters - they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.
My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind - intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.