Keep things at arm's length... If you let anything come too near you want to hold on to it. And there is nothing a man can hold on to.
I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning.
Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.
All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.
We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.
When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
Freedom lies in being bold.
Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.
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.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.
It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
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.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire.
A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.