Ability without ambition is tragedy: ambition without ability is farce.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
We often profess ourselves baffled by exceptionally bad behavior, though with a little reflection we could readily understand it. Incomprehension becomes our talisman, lest if we understood more, we might resist less.
Who will flatter you today will denounce you tomorrow.
The biggest problems are small problems, iterated indefinitely.
The cat scratches at the door the moment it closes, and is the man so very different?
The indifference of others reminds us unpleasantly of the indifference of the universe.
Most artists who are supposed to have perished of drink or drugs in fact simply bored themselves to death.
Purpose and motive are nearly opposite, and to stress one is inevitably to slight the other.
Standing on your dignity makes you shorter.
Grievances are often not merely nursed but cherished, and a great many people, deprived of theirs, would be nothing at all.