One must never judge the writer by the man; but one may fairly judge the man by the writer.
There seems to be a great misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
One of the misfortunes of our time is, that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well.
With intellectuals, moral thought is often less a tonic that quickens ethical action than a narcotic that deadens it.
Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it make us vain, in fact, of our modesty.
Privacy was in sufficient danger before TV appeared, and TV has given it its death blow.
Many people today don’t want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing. They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety.
Topics: Self-Knowledge, Awareness, Honesty
A perfect conversation would run much less to brilliant sentences than to unfinished ones.
The thrust of ambition is, and always has been, great, but among the bright-eyed it had once a more adventurous and individualistic air, a much more bracing rivalry.
Individualism is rather like innocence; there must be something unconscious about it.
In the history of mankind, fanaticism has caused more harm than vice.
Ours must be the first age whose great goal, on a nonmaterial plane, is not fulfillment but adjustment.
The moving van is a symbol of more than our restlessness, it is the most conclusive evidence possible of our progress.
Highly educated bores are by far the worst; they know so much, in such fiendish detail, to be boring about.
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