You can smoke all you like in the movies, but you can’t cough without dying.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
People praise sincerity in art because they cannot bear the idea that an artist can imitate their deepest thoughts and feelings while remaining unmoved by them.
Boredom is more terrible than misery.
Religion without doctrine and ritual is nothing, or as we now say, spirituality.
Nobody knows what he’s missing.
Our ancestors believed in ghosts of people; we believe in multiple regression — ghosts of causes.
“It was a culture,” the historian will write a century from now, “that found it necessary to invent the word ‘unironically.'”
The metaphor always outlives the argument.
Belief in karma is the coward’s revenge.
Who will psychoanalyze the psychologists, deconstruct the deconstructionists, decode the signals of the signaling theorists, unmask the unmaskers?