You cannot have a contemporary prison without contemporary furniture.

Dec 292014

For purposes of conversation the world can be divided into two classes: too young to talk, and too old to listen.

Dec 252014

The conservative rarely vouches for the health of the patient; he merely prefers the disease to the cure.

Oct 082014

Shame seems to have peaked as a verb just when it has disappeared as a noun.

Jul 252014

Attacks on greatness rain uselessly on civilization’s outer walls; praise for mediocrity bores from within.

Jul 102014

The height of a civilization can be judged by its mathematics and its music.

Jul 082014

In a democratic age manners and mores spread from top to bottom, then from bottom back to top.

Jul 042014

Behind the insult “calculating” a whole moral history of humanity lies hidden.

Jun 102014

A civilization with elaborate manners is already half-dead.