A time-honored tactic of the schoolyard bully, after he has ground your face into the dirt, is to release you on the condition that you mouth some humiliating absurdity. He does not want to convince you of its truth; he wants to see what you will swallow.
Don’t follow the money — there’s too much of it around. Follow the status. Of that there can never be enough.
You can star in the movie of your life, or live it.
Learn languages, to stop thinking in words.
Do not be the sort of person who, if he did not exist, would have to be invented.
So many china shops, so few bulls.
A quest for the exotic is always rooted in contempt for the familiar.
Rules are made to be selectively enforced.
Of all discourse, only debate binds its participants, by rule and in advance, to a position that they must defend throughout. It is the formal expression of our worst tendencies.
The psychologists tell us that what we possess we hold too dear — except our inherited civilization, which we are ever eager to part with on the cheap.