Fortuna smiles and frowns according to a timetable surprising even to herself.
The beginning, middle, and end are parodied, reversed, and hidden by modernism, but not abandoned.
Universal truths have become an embarrassment, but they won't quite go away.
If a problem is insoluble, it is Necessity. Leave it alone.
Whatever is spoken of acquires a certain existence.
In conversation, everyone sits in confident judgment on the world.
Faith no doubt moves mountains, but not necessarily to where we want them.
Writers tell more truths, and more lies, than most.
Looking backward at what has been lost, I feel sad, then indifferent, and at last relieved.
Fortuna likes to find a crowd and follow it.
In ethics, prudence is not an important virtue, but in the world it is almost everything.
Most bad luck is the misfortune of not being an exception.
Psychology keeps trying to vindicate human nature. History keeps undermining the effort.
Asceticism without religion is just another way of cultivating peculiar sensations.
Wisdom remembers. Happiness forgets.
Methodology gives those with no ideas something to do.
Everyone makes sexy sounds; relatively few, sexy sights.
Go ahead and voice your criticisms, but don't expect to be invited back.
Nonsense is socially OK, but not stupidity.
Many have never felt strong, but everyone knows what it is to feel weak.
Masks are what they seem to be; not so the faces beneath them.
The same old thing--even if it's champagne--is still the same old thing.
People invent gods to explain their suffering.
The novel avoids the sublime and seeks out the interesting. Mason Coole
Sign at the orgy: BODIES ONLY.
Faith prefers the absurd to the plausible.
The banker rubs his nose, thinking of his cat stalking something on the lawn.
Since we hate the same people, we should be friends.
Life is the risk we cannot refuse.
Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself. Mason Coole