When you find a man to admire, look immediately for sordid particulars of his life and opinions, lest you be tempted to admire him further.
We all come into this world with our little egos equipped with individual horns. If we don’t blow them, who will?
Pedants are secretly pleased by the epithet, which is a promotion from bore.
We affect to despise ignorant bigotry, when it is knowledgeable, highly cultivated bigotry that we really find objectionable.
We asked first for eternal life, then eternal youth; today we plead for eternal adolescence and tomorrow for eternal infancy.
Everyone is secretly pleased to be charged with elitism, and when the charge is denied it is with the aim of confirming its justice.
Some men feed on opprobrium: the scorn of the crowd assures them of their own unbending integrity.
No one holds humanity in higher regard than he holds himself.
Everyone cares less for the lives of millions of strangers than the life of his own dog; the modern derangement is to feel guilty about it.
The paean to independence of mind is the infallible sign of the crackpot.
An abrasive personality may profit a thinker; it certifies for his followers that they care for the ideas and nothing else.