We owe modern clangor to the unremitting efforts of generations of quiet and sedentary men.
The more unusual the topic, the more conventional the thought it inspires.
It is impossible to cultivate talent without persistence, but common to persist without talent.
Marry a beautiful woman to be envied, a clever woman to be fascinated, and a thrifty woman to be happy.
The impeccably credentialed are always loyal to the reigning order.
When reading fiction, ask which of the villains you resemble.
Mute inglorious Miltons, flowers born to blush unseen and waste their sweetness on the desert air, are extinct, and I miss them.
Men form alliances first not to be stolen from, and then to steal.
One reads so as not to believe everything one reads.
Journalists, like certain aboriginal tribes, count one, two, many.