The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
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.
Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
Not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
I want to put a ding in the universe.
The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it.
No temptation can gravitate to a man unless there is that in his heart which is capable of responding to it.
The idea of freedom is inspiring. But what does it mean? If you are free in a political sense but have no food, what's that? The freedom to starve?
What do you despise? By this are you truly known.
My government will be open. Anyone found guilty of corruption will be dealt with in accordance with the law. If you are corrupt you will have to hang your boots.
External nature is only internal nature writ large.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.
A jug fills drop by drop.
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
When you get to a certain age, there is no coming back.
The paranoid is never entirely mistaken.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.