Lying

To a quite unwreckable Lie,
To a most impeccable Lie!
To a water-tight, fire-proof, angle-iron, sunk-hinge, time-lock, steel-faced Lie!
Not a private hansom Lie,
But a pair-and-brougham Lie,
Not a little-place-at-Tooting, but a country-house-with-shooting
And a ring-fence-deer-park Lie.
—-Kipling

May 012017
 

The two great moral lessons of our time: we must celebrate our differences; and we are all the same.

Apr 242017
 

The Masses, pl. n.   A gigantic, perfectly secret society to which no one has yet admitted belonging.

Apr 112017
 

Men first lie and cheat for sport, then for trinkets, and finally for great ends, having formed the habit.

Jan 272017
 

We are told that the enemy is privilege; in fact it is distinction.

Jan 172017
 

We generally adopt a new opinion by persuading ourselves that we have always held it.

Dec 222016
 

To imagine oneself facing an unpleasant truth — few sensations are as pleasant.

Nov 252016
 

That we would have been above the absurd beliefs and barbaric practices of other times — this absurd belief abets our barbaric practices.

Nov 082016
 

The heartfelt periodic resolutions to give up a vice are no small part of its enjoyment.

Sep 232016
 

You never violate your principles: you only discover that they are not what you thought they were.