Devil

What am I, after all, but a child, pleas’d with the sound of my own name? repeating it over and over; I stand apart to hear—it never tires me.

There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means by which to detect lies.

All those snug junketings and public gormandizings, for which the ancient magistrates were equally famous with their modern successors.

Her mighty lakes, like oceans of liquid silver; her mountains, with bright aerial tints; her valleys, teeming with wild fertility; her tremendous cataracts, thundering in their solitudes; her boundless plains, waving with spontaneous verdure; her broad, deep rivers, rolling in solemn silence to the ocean; her trackless forests, where vegetation puts forth all its magnificence; her skies, kindling with the magic of summer clouds and glorious sunshine - no, never need an American look beyond his own country for the sublime and beautiful of natural scenery.

An angel on the highway, a devil at home.

An Angel on the road, a Devil at the fireplace.

An art above many other arts is to be artful in goodness.

The drop will perforate the stone.

The seed of all evil is laziness.

Whilst kicking and biting, love develops.

If we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. We will begin to understand and to mistrust and to change our wasteful economy, which markets not just the produce of the earth, but also the earth's ability to produce. We will see that beauty and utility are alike dependent upon the health of the world. But we will also see through the fads and the fashions of protest. We will see that war and oppression and pollution are not separate issues, but are aspects of the same issue. Amid the outcries for the liberation of this group or that, we will know that no person is free except in the freedom of other persons, and that man's only real freedom is to know and faithfully occupy his place - a much humbler place than we have been taught to think - in the order of creation.

I loathe popular pulp, I loathe go-go gangs, I loathe jungle music, I loathe science fiction with its gals and goons, suspense and suspensories. I especially loathe vulgar movies—cripples raping nuns under tables, or naked-girl breasts squeezing against the tanned torsos of repulsive young males. And, really, I don't think I mock popular trash more often than do other authors who believe with me that a good laugh is the best pesticide.

What makes a work of fiction safe from larvae and rust is not its social importance but its art, only its art

Better is the enemy of good.

Discord is the great ill of mankind; and tolerance is the only remedy for it.

You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of day? So, O man! because you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.

But is laughter a synonym for joy? To give one's entire talent to a production is the greatest triumph that anyone can achieve.

In the twilight, it was a vision of power.

Not since Manhattan Island was sold for $24 has there been so much dirt available for so little money as now.

The church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints.