It is really not so repulsive to see the poor asking for money as to see the rich asking for more money.
There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grape-nuts on principle.
“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no true patriot would think of saying. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”
Blasphemy depends on belief, and is fading with it. If anyone doubts this, let him sit down seriously and try to think blasphemous thoughts about Thor.
The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.
A key has no logic to its shape. Its logic is: it turns the lock.
True humanitarianism is sympathy with all human beings; false humanitarianism is sympathy with those particular human beings whom you choose to regard as oppressed or deserving of sympathy.
I believe in getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.
The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.
It is terrible to contemplate how few politicans are hanged.
Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
Have we really learnt to think more broadly? Or have we only learn to spread our thoughts thinner?
To be wrong, and to be carefully wrong, that is the definition of decadence.
The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.
We do not know enough about the unknown to know that it is unknowable.