Pride sings and dances; humility sighs.
Which is the supplement? Fantasy or daily routine?
Artistic inspiration ignores the law of supply and demand.
The unknowable creates the greatest controversies.
Young men preen. Old men scheme.
As a comforter, philosophy cannot compete with a good dinner.
Many have never felt strong, but everyone knows what it is to feel weak.
If you are going to break a Law of Art, make the crime interesting.
Melancholy is as seductive as Ecstasy. Mason Co
Fortuna smiles and frowns according to a timetable surprising even to herself.
Neat trick: to be roused to ambition and reconciled to one's mediocrity at the same time.
Curiosity engenders both science and scandal.
Experience is a great spoiler of pleasures.
All anger feels like righteous anger; sorrow does not care whether it is righteous or not.
To a suicide: You just poisoned the wrong person.
Age: I go slower as time goes faster.
Attaining even mediocrity is often a struggle.
The real secrets are not the ones I tell.
Few friendships could survive the moodiness of love affairs. Mason Coole
Friends are sometimes boring, but enemies never.
After an argument, silence may mean acceptance or the continuation of resistance by other means.
We understand through resemblance.
Outside books, we avoid colorful characters.
Three people marooned on a desert island would soon reinvent politics.
I know that I am very much like everybody else, but not really.
Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?
Alzheimer's usually comes later than AIDS, but I decline to call that progress.
Intelligence is predatory, but full of fastidiousness and frights.
The privacy of reading frees us to entertain the alien.
If we knew enough, fortune would turn out to be nature.