The Jewish kid who spray-paints a swastika on the synagogue to make the local TV news — this is the guiding metaphor for our time.
Bad to take obscurity for profundity: worse to take clarity for shallowness.
Beautiful women become bored with hearing that they are beautiful because it is the only truth they are ever told.
No one hates or envies insincerely.
The lives of desperation that most men lead at least used to be quiet.
For favors you pay three times over.
Profundities are often equivocations — trivially true in one sense, obviously false in another, and deep and subtle only if you do not choose.
The superstitions of a culture are easily discerned: they are the matters on which everyone agrees.
We remember what we believe, and believe what we remember.
In fiction murderers and thieves often elicit the reader’s sympathy and understanding; snobs and ingrates elicit only his contempt.