I bring my readers the glad tidings that there’s a lot you can’t fix and shouldn’t worry about, and it doesn’t seem to make them happy.
“Be honest”: An injunction to lie.
Fastidiousness can defeat barbarism but not savagery.
A little truth, hard-won, can last a man for life. It is lies and nonsense for which a tolerance soon becomes a taste, a taste an appetite, and an appetite at last an insatiable craving.
All criticism is destructive, differing only in tact and degree.
I know many people with a positive mania for facing uncomfortable truths; it seems not to discomfort them in the least.
Hell has no comedy, just an endless discussion of what isn’t funny.
Dressing for success is a cargo cult.
Our politics, driven more by hatred of the other side than love of our own, possibly betoken a decline in civility but certainly an advance in sense.
Many of the disorders of the psychology textbooks are quite useful in moderation, and not a few are outright virtues.