Young men preen. Old men scheme.
Alzheimer's usually comes later than AIDS, but I decline to call that progress.
Matter-of-fact descriptions make the improbable seem real.
My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet.
People invent gods to explain their suffering.
Birth dates and bathroom scales tell more truth than I want to know.
Being enthusiastic settles nothing.
It is possible to interpret without observing, but not to observe without interpreting.
All anger feels like righteous anger; sorrow does not care whether it is righteous or not.
Old men feel a slightly reluctant affection for one another.
Ideologies can survive hostility, but not indifference.
When understanding would be too difficult, I become trusting.
We worship the aesthetic, but we do not have faith in it.
A quiet well-behaved boy is likely to be both frightened and ambitious.
We make some changes. But mostly changes make us.
Three meals plus bedtime make four sure blessings a day.
Couples who come to understand one another often part.
The absolute has moved into the fortress of the absurd.
I know that I am very much like everybody else, but not really.
Unconditional love is a lofty ideal, but unconditional hate is a fact well documented by history.
To understand someone, find out how he spends his money. Mason Co
I like the old wisdom--puns, riddles, spells, proverbs.
The doctrine of the immortality of the soul has more threat than comfort. Mason Coole
Idleness makes people feeble and peevish. Work makes them stalwart and prone to anger.
If you are going to be rude, be quick about it.
The harp is an insipid instrument--no good for dancing, feasting, or marching, only for sitting primly in a parlor or on a cloud.
Clothes make the body both mysterious and historical.
Prudence suspects that happiness is a bait set by risk.
Babies and the old are permitted self-absorption. In between, it provokes resentment.
Critic's delight: scolding the Mighty Dead.