Today all government is popular government — if not by the people, then in their name.
The likelihood that a new scientific finding is true varies inversely with your desire to talk about it at parties.
Where others regard us as of no use, we fancy ourselves despised.
Men want most to be useful, but will settle, if thwarted, for destructive.
Power reveals; and absolute power reveals absolutely.
Having got this world for free, we expect to pay dearly for the next.
Everyone says what he would never do, and no one knows it.
Flawlessness is a trivial quality in a work of art.
Most write to make themselves heard; I write to shut others up.
Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.