|Back of my tombstone at Pere Lachaise Cemeterie in Paris, France.|
Okay, so I was flamboyant, eccentric, and more than a little misunderstood. I had enemies, to be sure, but loved many. My life may have been short, but not so short that I am not remembered. As I once said,
Life is too much important a thing ever to talk seriously about it. You may quote me on that.
Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
Ah! Don't say you agree with me. When people agree with me I always feel that I must be wrong.
I can believe anything as long as it is incredible.
It is very easy to endure the difficulties of one's enemies. It is the successes of one's friends that are hard to bear.
I often take exercise. Why only yesterday I had breakfast in bed.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.