No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.
To a quite unwreckable Lie,
To a most impeccable Lie!
To a water-tight, fire-proof, angle-iron, sunk-hinge, time-lock, steel-faced Lie!
Not a private hansom Lie,
But a pair-and-brougham Lie,
Not a little-place-at-Tooting, but a country-house-with-shooting
And a ring-fence-deer-park Lie.
You call a man a cynic when you can’t call him wrong, and an idealist when you don’t want to.
Whoever despises the means does not desire the end.
The expert liar rarely misstates a fact.
We say we feel old when circumstances have momentarily forced us to stop pretending that we are young.
When we can no longer tell ourselves that we are good, we tell ourselves that we are exceptional.
To regard oneself as the exception is the rule.
A picture lies better than a thousand words.
When we say it’s not the money, it’s always the money; and when we say it’s the money, it’s always something else.
What you lose with age is not so much capacities as the illusion that you ever had them.