It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's.
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
Tell me thy company, and I shall tell thee what thou art.
Domination delegates the physical violence on which it rests to the dominated.
The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
Get off your butt and join the Marines!
Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Charity ... is the opium of the privileged.
Patriotism is usually stronger than class hatred, and always stronger than internationalism.
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
Any non-commissioned officer is more of an enemy to a recruit, any schoolmaster to a pupil, then they are if they were free.
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.