Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false, misleading, fictitious, mendacious - just dead wrong.
The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
A solved problem creates two new problems, and the best prescription for happy living is not to solve any more problems.
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
Americans like fat books and thin women.
Don't try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.
In writing, punctuation plays the role of body language. It helps readers hear you the way you want to be heard.
Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it.
The worst thing about the miracle of modern communications is the Pavlovian pressure it places upon everyone to communicate whenever a bell rings.
Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
It is fitting that yesteryear's swashbuckling newspaper reporter has turned into today's solemn young sobersides nursing a glass of watered white wine after a day of toiling over computer databases in a smoke-free, noise-free newsroom.
It seems to be a law in American life that whatever enriches us anywhere except in the wallet inevitably becomes uneconomic.
Listen once in a while. It's amazing what you can hear.
There was scarcely a woman alive, it seemed, who could resist the urge to haul men down onto beds, car seats, kitchen floors, dining-room tables, park grass, parlor sofas, or packing crates, entwine warm thighs around them, and pant in ecstasy.
A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.
Except for politics, no business is scrutinized more exhaustively than journalism.
Serious journalism need not be solemn.
Scientists have been struck by the fact that things that break down virtually never get lost, while things that get lost hardly ever break down.
People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
A skillful playwright might have a good time with the story of the assassination of President William McKinley, and especially with the three most flamboyant political figures involved: Mark Hanna, Theodore Roosevelt, and Emma Goldman.
American foreign policy had still not recovered from its victory over communism when George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice took over at the White House in 2001.
New York is the only city in the world where you can get run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.
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