Modesty and conscientiousness receive their reward only in novels. In life they are exploited and then shoved aside.
I like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.
The traditional ways were wrongly disowned by Christianity - in hindsight, medicine men were not demons but very important counsellors in the community.
Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.
For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment.
I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm.
I don't watch television, I think it destroys the art of talking about oneself.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it - from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.
If you never stop when you wave goodbye you just might find, if you give it time, you will wave hello again...
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who do not.
Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.
Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
People think I'm a miserable sod but it's only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
Any non-commissioned officer is more of an enemy to a recruit, any schoolmaster to a pupil, then they are if they were free.
Reverence does not die with mortals, nor does it perish whether they live or die.
Never lend your car to someone you've given birth to.
A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.