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'Almost all crime is due to the repressed desire for aesthetic expression.'

'Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction.'

'He was gifted with the sly, sharp instinct for self-preservation that passes for wisdom among the rich.'

'I think to be oversensitive about cliches is like being oversensitive about table manners.'

'Instead of this absurd division into sexes they ought to class people as static and dynamic.'

'My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally.'

'Other nations use 'force'; we Britons alone use 'Might'.'

'One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.'

'Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.'

'We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.'

'When we argue for our limitations, we get to keep them.'

'It is curious that every creed promises a paradise on death which is unthinkable for anyone of taste'

Born in Hampstead, London
Died in Taunton, Somerset
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