When you close your eyes to tragedy, you close your eyes to greatness.
When too many things are taken for granted, it isnext to impossible to perceive the truth.
To be jealous of a woman one doesn't love is the most ridiculous form of vanity, but Hardwick, surrounded by people whose livelihood depended on him, had no idea that he could be ridiculous.
Modesty is an excuse for sloppiness, laziness, self-indulgence small ambitions evoke small efforts
We live under the tyranny of various professional groups, and all the 'influence' we could bring to bear on the running of schools, trains or power stations isn't sufficient to move a feather.
Dictatorship is a constant lecture instructing you that your feelings, your thoughts and desires are of no account, that you are a nobody and must live as you are told by other people who desire and think for you
The dream of a crook is a man with a dream.
There are millions of people who think that having heard about something is the same as knowing it, and their notion of culture is a mixture of elegant lifestyle and big names.
As both capitalist and communist states -- not to mention the technological world --have evolved under the illusion that men purposefully built them, ideological optimism seeps into every niche of our lives. It is made worse by mass culture which feeds our
The good conscience of the wicked rest on all the villainies they refrain form committing.
Is it possible that I am not alone in believing that in the dispute between Galileo and the Church, the Church was right and the center of man's universe is the earth
People will either like you for your money or they'll resent you for having it.. So you're stuck with a small group who are as rich as you are, and that doesn't give you much choice.
Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.
Powerful men in particular suffer from the delusion that human beings have no memories. I would go so far as to say that the distinguishing trait of powerful men is the psychotic certainty that people forget acts of infamy as easily as their parents birth
Most bad books get that way because their authors are engaged in trying to justify themselves. If a vain author is an alcoholic, then the most sympathetically portrayed character in his book will be an alcoholic. This sort of thing is very boring for outsiders.
Watching him, she forgot to answer.
Women cannot always flow, and even when they do, they well up slowly, while men are quick as torrents - they are primed by nature to burst forth at different times... the twenty-minute gap, the abyss between the sexes.
Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.
We now have a whole culture based on the assumption that people know nothing and so anything can be said to them.
The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.
Consistency is a virtue for trains what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.
The truth is that our race survived ignorance it is our scientific genius that will do us in.
Is it possible that I am not alone in believing that in the dispute between Galileo and the Church, the Church was right and the centre of man's universe is the earth