The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time.
Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.
men demand everything and are not satisfied until sex blinds them into thinking they have got it.
There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for the alien who comes among us.
I nearly always find, when I ask a vegetarian if he is a socialist, or a socialist if he is a vegetarian, that the answer is in the affirmative.
When did the word 'temperament' come into fashion with us? Perhaps it came in when we discovered that artists were human beings.
Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.
The great mistake of the reformers is to believe that life begins and ends with health, and that happiness begins and ends with a full stomach and the power to enjoy physical pleasures, even of the finer kind.
The aristocracy most widely developed in America is that of wealth.
Individual freedom and individual equality cannot co-exist. I dare say no one since Thomas Jefferson has really believed it.
Society, by insisting on conventions, has merely insisted on certain convenient signs by which we may know that a man is considering, in daily life, the comfort of other people.
Culture' means a long receptivity to things of the mind and the spirit.
democracy always makes for materialism, because the only kind of equality that you can guarantee to a whole people is, broadly speaking, physical.
Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful-just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.
Funny how people despise platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude....
No fashion has ever been created expressly for the lean purse or for the fat woman: the dressmaker's ideal is the thin millionaires.
... the more we recruit from immigrants who bring no personal traditions with them, the more America is going to ignore the things of the spirit. No one whose consuming desire is either for food or for motor-cars is going to care about culture, or even know what it is.
Most men have always wanted as much as they could get; and possession has always blunted the fine edge of their altruism.
All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.
You can bear anything if it is not your fault.
Educational legislation nowadays is largely in the hands of illiterate people, and the illiterate will take good care that their illiteracy is not made a reproach on them.
Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.
Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
Social distinctions concern themselves ultimately with whom you may and may not marry.
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