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.
All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere.
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.
In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.
One is as one is, and the love that can't encompass both is a poor sort of love.
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.
It is privilege of living to be acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.
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.
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.
Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow.
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.
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.
The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.
Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.
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?
Until we know what motivates the hearts and minds of men we can understand nothing outside ourselves, nor will we ever reach fulfillment as that greatest miracle of all, the human being.
For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power not only to reflect but to mould society.
Everybody likes to see somebody else get caught for the vices practiced by themselves.
It is not enough to show people how to live better; there is a mandate for any group with enormous powers of communication to show people how to be better.
The suppression of civil liberties is too many less a matter for horror than the curtailment of the freedom to profit.
The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.
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