Exceptionally bad art sometimes acquires a constituency, as famous murderers attract marriage proposals.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
Art corrupts politics more than politics corrupts art.
Monotheism is the most conspicuous failure of the principle of parsimony.
You can smoke all you like in the movies, but you can’t cough without dying.
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.'”