Noble deeds, performed without regard for reputation or reward, would be more common if there was just some way to get the word out.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
We all want different things, at different times, in different circumstances — this is the source of the great paradoxes of human nature.
We are rich, and adapted to be poor, and thus miserable.
The Off button has grown smaller, and scarcer, and harder to find; soon it will disappear.
Pedantry begins as a parasite on fastidiousness, and eventually destroys its host.
For most of history it was prohibited for the mass of men to express themselves: then, briefly, it was permitted: now it is required.
We wonder at the man who gives his life to the group, forgetting that the group also gives its life to him.
Are you unprepared for it because it is out of the question, or is it out of the question because you are unprepared for it?
You say you could never be bored or unhappy with some other person’s life, and yet how different it would be, if it were yours.
You never violate your principles: you only discover that they are not what you thought they were.