Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
The worst thing about the miracle of modern communications is the Pavlovian pressure it places upon everyone to communicate whenever a bell rings.
In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to being in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one’s beloved
Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost.
So there he is at last. Man on the moon. The poor magnificent bungler! He can’t even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and twenty or thirty billion dollars and, vroom! there he is, up on a rock a quarter of a million miles up in the sky.
People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out on the pleasure.
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.
One of the many burdens of the person professing Christianity has always been the odium likely to be heaped upon him by fellow Christians quick to smell out, denounce and punish fraud, hypocrisy and general un-worthiness among those who assert the faith. In ruder days, disputes about what constituted a fully qualified Christian often led to sordid quarrels in which the disputants tortured, burned and hanged each other in the conviction that torture, burning and hanging were Christian things to do.
Reporters thrive on the world’s misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
Live by publicity, you’ll probably die by publicity.
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