Someone who does not write books, who thinks a lot, and who lives in unsatisfying society will usually be a good letter- writer.
We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence.
Against war one might say that it makes the victor stupid and the vanquished malicious. In its favor, that in producing these two effects it barbarizes, and so makes the combatants more natural. For culture it is a sleep or a wintertime, and man emerges from it stronger for good and for evil.
The advent of the Christian God, as the maximum god attained so far, was therefore accompanied by the maximum feeling of guilty indebtedness on earth.