Man oscillates continuously between wishing to remain exactly as he is and wishing to become something, anything else.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
Sanity is correspondence at the expense of coherence. Madness is coherence at the expense of correspondence.
One can achieve certain intense aesthetic experiences only at the cost of missing out on others entirely.
Exceptionally bad art sometimes acquires a constituency, the way famous murderers attract marriage proposals.
Art corrupts politics more than politics corrupts art.
Monotheism is the most conspicuous failure of the principle of parsimony.
You can smoke all you like in the movies, but you can’t cough without dying.
People praise sincerity in art because they cannot bear the idea that an artist can imitate their deepest thoughts and feelings while remaining unmoved by them.
Boredom is more terrible than misery.
Religion without doctrine and ritual is nothing, or as we now say, spirituality.