Meritocracy replaces aristocracy with bureaucracy.
If hope lay in the proles, there would be no hope, but it lies in the intellectuals, and there is no hope.
Those who think they are the future can’t tell you half as much about it as those who know they are the past.
Feelings of inferiority are usually benign and amply justified; it’s feelings of superiority that are the menace.
Many modern ills trace to the fateful decision to teach stupid people how to read.
It is more common to talk well than to listen well, and to write well than to read well.
We have been taught to find ourselves, to lose ourselves, to love ourselves, respect ourselves, forgive ourselves: only our selves are lacking.
When you destroy a large tribe you produce a lot of smaller ones.
People will swallow just about any story. Only when it’s not a story do we refuse to swallow it.
It is to what we now call manic phases that we owe a great part of the imperishable works of human civilization.