What is to give light must endure burning.
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers.
All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire.
In the increasingly convincing darkness the words become palpable, like a fruit that is too beautiful to eat.
It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
The spirit of man is an inward flame; a lamp the world blows upon but never puts out.
Never lend your car to someone you've given birth to.
Common sense is not so common.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.
Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone.
When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.
I don't try to imagine a personal god; it suffices to stand in awe at the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.
The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.