The eternal Manichean struggle is between not good and evil, but sloth and industry.
Business is more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind more continuously, and more deeply.
It is an insult to be paid by the word.
A writer is a person who has turned the fact that his bark is worse than his bite into a professional qualification.
To become expert in something is the only way to learn that you know nothing about anything else.
Many academic fields are barren, most because there are no truths to discover, not a few because the practitioners are too dull to discover them.
One may judge the esteem in which informants are held by comparing whistle-blower, on the one hand, with rat, nark, squealer, tattle-tale, stool-pigeon, fink, canary, and snitch, on the other.
There are people who ask strangers and bare acquaintances impertinent questions as if they were entitled to an answer. Sometimes they turn professional, and become journalists.
The critic’s indispensable service is not to praise greatness, which makes its own way in the world, but to refrain from praising mediocrity, which requires his assistance.
It has always conferred status to consume tax revenue, and opprobrium to produce it.
Everyone is in favor of upward social mobility; the other direction is more controversial.