Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Public Opinion ... an attempt to organise the ignorance of the community, and to elevate it to the dignity of physical force.
The fact is, that civilisation requires slaves.... Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralising. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.
No, Ernest, don't talk about action.... It is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
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.
Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.
Private information is practically the source of every large modern fortune.