Being – Page 9 – Everything


Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.

Feb 232022

The most ardent patriots are not natives, and the most towering snobs are not aristocrats.

Feb 142022

To be a citizen of the world is less, not more, than to be a European; and to be a European is less, not more, than to be an Italian, or a German, or a Greek.

Jan 202022

Before you ask if a man practices what he preaches, ask if what he preaches is worth practicing.

Dec 222021

More of a bad thing is always worse, and often so is more of a good thing.

Dec 082021

“To thine own self be true” is not the advice of Shakespeare, or even Hamlet, but that old windbag Polonius.

Oct 192021

The characteristics of the flock cannot be inferred from the bird, or those of the hive from the bee: and so it is with men in a country, in a city, in a crowd.

Oct 082021

It is widely conceded that rich is better than poor, thin than fat, clever than dim, beautiful than ugly; yet the plausible inference that rich, thin, clever, beautiful people are better than poor, fat, dim, and ugly ones remains controversial.