Everything – Page 50 – A book of aphorisms
Feb 232022
 

The most ardent patriots are not natives, and the most towering snobs are not aristocrats.

Feb 212022
 

Some anonymous wit once said he didn’t care what you did as long as you didn’t do it in the street and frighten the horses. The West is embarking on its second century of frightening the horses.

Feb 182022
 

Beware the too-helpful, who have nothing better to do.

Feb 172022
 

Every vote is in favor of the election, every abstention is opposed.

Feb 152022
 

Official authorities wonder endlessly why they are reviled and distrusted without ever arriving at the notion that they may be vile and untrustworthy.

Feb 142022
 

To be a citizen of the world is less, not more, than to be a European; and to be a European is less, not more, than to be an Italian, or a German, or a Greek.

Feb 112022
 

Civilization can never be other than a brief local interlude; it creates the conditions for its own destruction.