The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
We pity or condemn the communist peoples of the world for being bound in the chains of doctrine. So are we. Our doctrine runs as follows: Our Way is the Only Way.
Euthanasia ... is simply to be able to die with dignity at a moment when life is devoid of it.
The more people are reached by mass communication, the less they communicate with each other.
People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.
All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.
Surely the hold of great music on the listener is precisely this: that the listener is made whole; and at the same time part of an image of infinite grace and grandeur which is creation.
You mix the affluence of the white and the poverty of the black and you do not get a civilized society. Integration on an equal level is one thing. Mixing on an unequal level is another.
It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere.
Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.
It is privilege of living to be acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.
Self-restraint may be alien to the human temperament, but humanity without restraint will dig its own grave.
Borders are scratched across the hearts of men By strangers with a calm, judicial pen, And when the borders bleed we watch with dread The lines of ink across the map turn red.
The great omission in American life is solitude; not loneliness, for this is an alienation that thrives most in the midst of crowds, but that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incubator of the spirit.
Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them.
Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.
One is as one is, and the love that can't encompass both is a poor sort of love.
Advertisers in general bear a large part of the responsibility for the deep feelings of inadequacy that drive women to psychiatrists, pills, or the bottle.
If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow.
The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.
Hoary idea, in any case, expecting a woman to surrender her name to her husband's in exchange for his. Why? Would any man submerge his identity and heritage to the woman he wed?
The barbarian weapon is fission: the splitting asunder. It has been perfected for death. Our only weapon is fusion: an imperfect process still, though designed for life.
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