We are apt to forget, though history at intervals reminds us, how far hypocrisy is to be preferred to sincere, unaffected villainy.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
With ideas, you get what you want, not what you need.
You can star in the movie of your life, or live it.
Do not be the sort of person who, if he did not exist, would have to be invented.
A quest for the exotic is always rooted in contempt for the familiar.
If luck did not exist, it would be necessary for men, to live together in society, to invent it.
The fault is not in our phones, but in ourselves.
If the rich and accomplished were swine, they would be envied less. As it is, they are envied for being rich, accomplished, and not swine.
One’s former selves ought to be labeled with subscripts for the year, like isotopes with their atomic weights.
The writer who does not disappoint in person has left too little of himself on the page.