To yearn for celebrity is to envy the animals when visiting the zoo.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
Mankind has outgrown religion: our reasons for burning heretics are now entirely secular.
The illusion of wealth comes cheap; the illusion of taste costs a fortune.
Whether the world is a certain way is one question, and whether one should act as if it is that way is another.
Good manners consists in asking quiet people why they won’t talk and not asking noisy ones why they won’t shut up.
Artistic temperament without artistic talent is the last great infectious plague.
Truth’s not Beauty, but it’s interesting.
Civilization is not a cure for barbarism; it is a respite from barbarism, to be enjoyed while it lasts.
Someone who understands politics is about as likely to set up as a pundit as someone who can predict the future is to set up as a psychic.
To deify the state has a certain logic; for the state is compulsion and coercion, and these, too, are God’s usual means.