Many of the disorders of the psychology textbooks are quite useful in moderation, and not a few are outright virtues.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
It is on the most dubious propositions that we lavish our most ardent desires.
To dominate someone is to think less often of him than he does of you, and to do this on a mass scale is fame.
Pleasure lies chiefly in anticipation and retrospection, the experience itself being necessary to ensure that neither is spoiled.
It is the progressives, though they sneer at the Christians, who are most thoroughly convinced of grace by faith.
Those who suffer for their art usually make you suffer for it too.
Fiction: imaginary people, real problems. Sports: imaginary problems, real people.
American cities are dotted by hulks of jagged, rusting metal, abandoned, seemingly without function, surrounded by endless expanses of concrete. This is the public sculpture.
Musical taste ossifies early for the same reason mathematicians peak young.
A savage can be a proper host: it takes civilization to be a proper guest.