If you can see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.
S. I. Hayakawa Quotes
Patriotic societies seem to think that the way to educate school children in a democracy is to stage bigger and better flag-saluting.
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, “I have failed three times,” and what happens when he says, “I’m a failure.”
Republicans are people who, if you were drowning 50 feet from shore, would throw you a 25-foot rope and tell you to swim the other 25 feet because it would be good for your character. Democrats would throw you a hundred-foot rope and then walk away looking for other good deeds to do.
Politicians are people who resolve through linguistic processes conflicts that would otherwise have to be solved by force.
In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
The decision finally rests not upon appeals to pat authority, but upon what people want.