I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
I am convinced that it is of primordial importance to learn more every year than the year before. After all, what is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn.
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
If you're going to be a prisoner of your own mind, the least you can do is make sure it's well furnished.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
Artificial glamor-false eyelashes, that sort of thing-usually is put on to hide a vacuum. The most beautiful face can only look vacuous if it masks an empty head.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
At my age, I'm often asked if I'm frightened of death and my reply is always, I can't remember being frightened of birth.
We used to have lots of questions to which there were no answers. Now, with the computer, there are lots of answers to which we haven't thought up questions.
What is education but a process by which a person begins to learn how to learn?
The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought.
To live like a poor man is only fun when you are rich.
Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them.
I am an optimist, unrepentant and militant. After all, in order not to be a fool an optimist must know how sad a place the world can be. It is only the pessimist who finds this out anew every day.
When I was small, I would refuse to drink when I ate fish because I thought the fish would reconstitute itself in my stomach
Toronto is a kind of New York operated by the Swiss.
The stupidity of a stupid man is exercised in a restricted field; the stupidity of an intelligent man has a much wider diffusion, and a far greater effect, aided as it is by the element of surprise.
Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.
Life was cheap in the Middle Ages. It has become cheaper since. It is only in specific battles for specific lives that our culture is put to the test, and with it our humanity.
Life is unfair but remember sometimes it is unfair in your favour.
To be gentle, tolerant, wise and reasonable requires a goodly portion of toughness.
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
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