Everything – Page 70 – A book of aphorisms
Jan 302020

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.

Jan 292020

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.

Jan 272020

For every hundred ringing declarations in favor of freedom of speech or the press there are none in favor of freedom of association.

Jan 242020

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.

Jan 232020

Utter dissociation of thought and action is normal; for its opposite we reserve special terms, like saint, or fanatic, or fool.

Jan 222020

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.

Jan 212020

The neuroses of the village can now be disseminated with the speed and efficiency of an advanced civilization.

Jan 172020

It is natural, if you believe that speech is violence, to believe that violence is speech.