A lifetime of happiness? No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
When a man says money can do anything, that settles it: he hasn’t got any.
Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.
Man is the only animal of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid of.
I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. Amen. Amen.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books that nobody reads.
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it.
All professions are conspiracies against the laity.
Though I can make my extravaganzas appear credible, I cannot make the truth appear so.
The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.
Men are not governed by justice, but by law or persuasion. When they refuse to be governed by law or persuasion, they have to be governed by force or fraud, or both.
The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.
In a battle all you need to make you fight is a little hot blood and the knowledge that it’s more dangerous to lose than to win.
Nothing is ever done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.
Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
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