You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
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There is no such thing as the Queen’s English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!
To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you can not eat.
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books except the books nobody reads.
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.
I know myself as a human entity; the scene, so to speak, or thoughts are affection; and am sensible of certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another. However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is no part of me, but spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you.