We speak with awe of ruling the world, as the supreme attainment; but the world has had many rulers, on the whole a sorry lot.
Humans have improved modestly in acquiring knowledge but vastly in transmitting it.
We perpetuate ourselves with art and offspring; but art has less alloy and may last longer.
Almost always it is action that issues in conviction; the reverse is so rare that we never fail to mark it.
Whatever I’ve believed with passionate intensity has been wrong.
The distinctive modern contribution to language has been the acronym.
The full-grown model pupil speaks of “problems” to be “solved”, as if the world were a textbook and these the exercises.
Not every aversion is a fear, and not every fear is a phobia.
It doesn’t matter what is on television; what matters is that it is on television.
By the time we are old enough to say what we please we have lost the habit.