To abstain from politics is in itself a political attitude.

My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little problems help me to do so.

Love makes those young whom age doth chill, and whom he finds young keeps young still.

Philologists who chase a panting syllable through time and space, start it at home, and hunt it in the dark, to Gaul, to Greece, and into Noah's ark.

A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. - African Proverb

It’s not debt per say that overwhelms an individual corporation or country. Rather it is a continuous increase in debt in relation to income that causes trouble.

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

The mass and majesty of this world, all that carries weight and always weighs the same lay in the hands of others; they were small and could not hope for help and no help came: what their foes like to do was done, their shame was all the worst could wish; they lost their pride and died as men before their bodies died.

You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.

Present-day students are often puzzled at the apparent contradictions of Southern slavery. One hears, on the one hand, of the staid and gentle patriarchy, the wide and sleepy plantations with lord and retainers, ease and happiness; on the other hand one hears of barbarous cruelty and unbridled power and wide oppression of men. Which is the true picture? The answer is simple: both are true. They are not opposite sides of the same shield; they are different shields.

If some really acute observer made as much of egotism as Freud has made of sex, people would forget a good deal about sex and find the explanation for everything in egotism.

If the hero is not a person, the emblem of him, even if xenophon, seems to stand taller than a person stands, has a wider brow, large and less human eyes and bruted ears: the man-like body of a primitive.

I was still interested in the youth rebellion but never-the-less I stopped being a victim. Stopped trying to attack the establishment realizing that it takes too much of your energy.

We wanted to step off our island and add the color of the third world. We got gold cigarette paper and stuck it around our teeth. We really did look like pirates and dressed to look the part.

In the history of modern socialism this is a phenomenon, that the strife of the various trends within the socialist movement has from national become international.

It is nothing but a kind of a micro-cosmos of communism - all that psychiatry', rumbled Pnin ... 'Why not leave their private sorrow to people? Is sorrow not, one asks, the only thing in the world people really possess?

Philosophers never stood in need of Homer or the Pharisees to be convinced that everything is done by immutable laws; that everything is settled; that everything is the necessary effect of some previous cause.

All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.

And I is high tide. Swell. He arches his back. I feel a fresh miss that cableaz? that proud steed that rider hits him with spurs and Harness it then. You, that I wear on his back, tell me what enemy is the one who came to see us, while our rings clatter on the pavement? 's Death. Death is the enemy. I can run against her spear lying down, with long hair flying behind me like tresses of a young man as you gallop Percival's tresses in India. Stick spurs into the horse's ribs. Unbridled and ruthless, I can run against you, Death! waves crashing to shore.

But the root of things, what they were all afraid of saying, was that happiness is dirt cheap. You can have it for nothing. Beauty.