History, in one sense, is a succession of ever-widening protection rackets.
The most pleasing aesthetic effect is the happy accident.
List, and the world lists with you; abstract, and you abstract alone.
Your most reliable and attentive readers are the people who hate you.
You can talk a man out of an idea he is happy with only by making him unhappy with it.
It is not bad faith but only good manners to make, not the case that convinces me, but the one that I think will convince you.
The truth shall set you on anyone who will listen.
It is not easy for a woman to win an author’s heart; she has to read his books.
At least you can deal with the devil; God just pushes everyone around.
Celebrated mediocrity augurs obscure excellence.