Never let Possibly Better be the enemy of Perfectly Adequate.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
It is possible, indeed necessary, to be both disgusted and amused.
The punishment for a hit is to watch your aging audience stifle their boredom while they wait for you to play it, at every show, until you quit or die.
We have won, at long last, the means and opportunity to make ourselves over completely, according to our own desires — and look around.
Humans always segregate — on their most observable characteristics, when left to themselves; when interfered with, on characteristics less observable.
Great geniuses, Emerson said, have the shortest biographies. They do not: but for most of us our personal history is all that we are and for them it is next to nothing.
Fame is wasted on the famous.
Unrequited love drives men to suicide, and unrequited hate drives them to murder.
Our politics is what we call the violence we wish to visit on our fellows and lack the strength and courage to undertake personally: a neatly-bound, clearly-labeled package of all our worst impulses.
The good are not holy, and the holy are not good.