Civilization is not a cure for barbarism; it is a respite from barbarism, to be enjoyed while it lasts.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
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.
If you separate Church and State, the State becomes the Church.
Believing in God is how most people remind themselves that they are not He.
We perpetuate ourselves with art and offspring; but art has less alloy and may last longer.
Having got this world for free, we expect to pay dearly for the next.
Flawlessness is a trivial quality in a work of art.
Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.
Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.