There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
The pleasures of ignorance are as great, in their way, as the pleasures of knowledge.
One of the many reasons for the bewildering and tragic character of human existence is the fact that social organization is at once necessary and fatal. Men are forever creating such organizations for their own convenience and forever finding themselves the victims of their home-made monsters.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumour.
If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, in solid cash, the tribute which Philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance.
Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.
The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful -because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.
One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.
Only one more indispensable massacre of Capitalists or Communists or Fascists or Christians or Heretics, and there we are - there we are in the Golden Future