Government, though it never depends on the consent of the governed, often depends on large numbers of the governed believing that it does.
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.
Like Russians for Stalin, many Americans are nostalgic for a time when we all thought the same, or at least we all thought we did.
Enlightenment philosophy is Christianity without the serpent.
For every hundred ringing declarations in favor of freedom of speech or the press there are none in favor of freedom of association.
Ordinary men can do abominable things, abominable men can do magnificent things, and whatever you think you know about a man it’s not enough.
Utter dissociation of thought and action is normal; for its opposite we reserve special terms, like saint, or fanatic, or fool.
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.
The neuroses of the village can now be disseminated with the speed and efficiency of an advanced civilization.
All authors dream of a posthumous reputation, none of posthumous sales.