A woman is supposed to have curves like an old Bentley, not like some old bike.
The problem with compassion is that it is not photogenic.
My theory is that the way you cope with the depths will ascertain the heights that you reach - they are intimately connected - and if you have a lust for life, you are also going to have a lust for death.
Pain can be vitalising; it gives intensity in the place of vagueness and emptiness. If we don't suffer, how do we know that we live?
Dandyism is a lie which reveals the truth, and the truth is that we are what we pretend to be.
My grandfather was a practising Quaker. My father was a nihilist. But nihilism, if you like, is the beginning of faith anyway.
Everyone says Oscar Wilde was a dandy, but he wasn't - he was an aesthete. He took pleasure in food and stuff like that. Dandyism is much more austere - much more Calvinistic, more neurotic - it oscillates between narcissism and neurosis.
Being a dandy is a condition rather than a profession. It is a defense against suffering and a celebration of life.
I am not an intellectual. An intellectual is someone who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso, whereas I just say 'pass the mustard'.
I live my life like an open book, even though it's open on the wrong page.
I used to have about a hundred suits in my late twenties and early thirties when my stock was riding high and I was rich.
The universe is neither friendly nor hostile. It is merely indifferent. This makes me ecstatic.
I am a fraud. I have cobbled together my personality from hundreds of little bits. I am simultaneously the most genuine and the most artificial person you will ever meet.
You may look back on your life and accept it as good or evil. But it is far, far harder to admit that you have been completely unimportant; that in the great sum of things, all a man's endless grapplings are no more significant than the scuttlings of a cockroach.
An artist has to go to every extreme, to stretch his sensibility through excess and suffering in order to feel and to communicate more.
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