We call past ages unhappy with no better warrant than that we suppose we would have been unhappy in them.
Youth is lost like money — gradually, then suddenly.
Our collective delusion that we can fix most problems is another problem we can’t fix.
In 1870 Henry Adams wrote that everything was respectable, and nothing amusing. Today everything is amusing, and nothing respectable.
Everyone who used to read is now too busy writing.
Fools do not suffer fools gladly.
A leading cause of insanity in America is the prospect of appearing on television.
Influence is plagiarism spread thin.
We pay too little regard to surfaces and too much to depths.
The reliable narrator is a literary convention.