Ideas need not stand continuous duty, like sentries; you can abandon one without another fresh and ready to take its place.
Populism is the theory that your inferiors should have a say, and authoritarianism is the theory that it should be at your expense.
It is difficult, when you are poor and obscure, to persuade anyone of your indifference to wealth and fame.
Where books are burned, they are taken seriously.
If you must write for an audience, why not the one you want to have?
We wonder at the man who gives his life to the group, forgetting that the group also gives its life to him.
A few have learned to suppress their dismay that the world does not regard them quite as they regard themselves, and this we call modesty.
We need not approve of the audience to crave its approval.
The lottery ticket is cheap, it’s the hope that’s expensive.
The relative demand for truth and opinion closely approximates the relative supply.