The past also judges us, less indulgently than the future will.
Today it is especially important to condescend to both sexes equally.
Civilization is always under attack, always crumbling, always burning; it ends when we can no longer repel the invaders, shore up the foundations, and extinguish the flames.
To read minds, don’t tell people their thoughts, supply them with better ones.
The less disposed we are to act on a belief, the more vehemently we defend it.
We play with words when we run out of thoughts.
What you get is, to a first approximation, what you want.
There is dumb happiness, as well as dumb misery, and one ought to aim, not at more of the former or less of the latter, but at a better class of both.
Clever lies are as common as clever truths are rare.
Confession is vanity’s last resort.