Great men wait for the right moment to abandon caution. The rest of us abandon it when impatience becomes too much for us.
Imagination awakens ambition, then causes it to lose its way.
Joy goes as deep as sorrow, but leaves less of itself behind.
Young men preen. Old men scheme. Mason Co
Some marriages depend on domestic arguments the way the courts depend on litigation.
Sacred texts always offend reason.
Beware of wallflowers. They expect to have everything done for them.
A well-paid occupation is seldom spoken of as "rewarding.
Women encourage men to be childish, then scold them. Mason Coole
Consensus is usually made possible by vague language and shallow commitments.
To a suicide: You just poisoned the wrong person.
If modesty disappeared, so would exhibitionism.
Intelligence in isolation turns to aimless marauding.
My self-absorption warms me; yours boils me.
Whatever is spoken of acquires a certain existence.
Many pains are imaginary, but all joys are real.
Our detachments move us toward freedom and death.
As a child I was middle-aged and cautious compared to my impulsive father.
The real reality is always just around the corner.
Lovers' quarrels are not generally about money. Divorce cases generally are.
Even in rapture, part of the mind watches.
I have learned to keep to myself how exceptional I am. Mason Coole
Holding unconventional opinions makes people feel they have strong characters.
To be fulfilled, a prophecy needs lots of flexibility.
People who behave at forty as they did at twenty must sometimes wonder why their charm is not working.
Masks are what they seem to be; not so the faces beneath them.
Nature often seems like an idea that has had its day.
Great talkers are trying to fill the gap between themselves and others, but only widen it.
I feel affluent or not according to what part of town I am in.
Explanations comfort us by giving the impression that there is an order in things.