first published in the Saturday Review
, November 17, 1894
is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
exists only where there are no ideas
are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value.
It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information.
The only link between Literature
left to us in England
at the present moment is the bill of the play.
In old days books were written by men of letters
and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.
Most women are so artificial that they have no sense of Art
. Most men are so natural that they have no sense of Beauty
is far more tragic than love. It lasts longer.
What is abnormal in Life stands in normal relations to Art. It is the only thing in Life that stands in normal relations to Art.
A subject that is beautiful in itself gives no suggestion to the artist. It lacks imperfection
The only thing that the artist
cannot see is the obvious. The only thing that the public can see is the obvious. The result is the Criticism of the Journalist
Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.
To be really mediæval one should have no body. To be really modern one should have no soul. To be really Greek
one should have no clothes.
ism is the assertion of the absolute modernity
The only thing that can console one for being poor is extravagance
. The only thing that can console one for being rich is economy
One should never listen. To listen is a sign of indifference to one's hearers.
Even the disciple has his uses. He stands behind one's throne, and at the moment of one's triumph whispers in one's ear that, after all, one is immortal.
classes are so close to us that even the policemen
can see them. They are so far away from us that only the poet
can understand them.
Those whom the gods
love grow young.