Every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints. And he can't wear gloves to hide them.
That's the worst thing about money - the moment you have some you begin to suspect everyone of trying to take it away from you. And usually they are.
A critic is a person who rationalizes his likes and dislikes in such impressive language that the layman thinks he is reasoning instead of rationalizing.
To the Latin, cynicism and middle age are synonymous. Look at our politicians - they move through their careers from left to center to right, like the hands of a clock.
Everything you do in war is a crime in peace
In a city you thought of all life as human life. You had to live in the heart of the woods to realize that humanity was a slight ripple on the surface of a flood of life that seeped into every vacant crack, flowed into every biological vacuum the moment it occurred.
Diamonds are the tears of the poor.
Falling in love is like religious conversion. It goes on for a long time below the threshold before it reaches consciousness.
Wouldn't it be kinder to say that a lie is a short work of fiction? 'A story' as my daughter says?
Even a small, everyday lie is a clue to the personality and preoccupations of the liar, like a dream or any other confection of the mind, that is half-conscious and half-unconscious, as all creative acts must be.
the unconscious forces that govern accessible memory are the most arbitrary of editors and the absolute masters of our lives.
The experiences of the heartless are so limited. It is hate that is blind. Love may miss a flaw here and there, but hate misses beauty everywhere.
Habit is far stronger than the lessons of experience.
the fool is the one true cosmopolite - the one character common to all nationalities.
... law is a substitute for love.
Other people's children, like other people's love affairs, were so much less interesting than one's own.
At twenty your choices are almost unlimited. At fifty you're a prisoner of past decisions. At seventy you have no free will left at all.
Were modern cities only beautiful after darkness hid everything but their lights?
what you fear, you invite.
Civilization is a fiction which becomes a fact only as long as everyone can believe in it. It is the cynic, rather than the rebel, who pulls down the whole flimsy structure periodically throughout history.
The author portrays himself in every line he writes and portrayal is always betrayal.
the true and the plausible are rarely the same.
Nobody believes in ghosts, but everybody is afraid of them ...
most of our social and educational institutions are designed to weed out or make over people ... until we produce a world where everyone is a smart, quick-witted, aggressive person living on the surface of the mind without ever looking into the depths.
Privacy is like sleep - something you don't appreciate until you have to go without it.
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