The unhappy man has the recompense of not being told that his unhappiness is a delusion.
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.
The ideal tool for avoiding communication is language.
To catch one lie is to see one cockroach.
When people say that you’re consistent they mean that you’re deranged.
When I’m serious I’m partly joking, and when I’m joking I’m entirely serious.
The weak often want to be thought wicked, but the wicked never want to be thought weak.
The man who undertakes to rid himself of his illusions and biases can end up like an old painting, improperly cleaned.
The fanatic merely acts on his creed. His opposite is the hypocrite, and there is no third alternative.
No one wants realism in fiction — only a bit of reality tinsel to decorate the old myths.
You call a man a cynic when you can’t call him wrong, and an idealist when you don’t want to.