We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
The relation between life and literature - a final antimony - is one of mutual plagiarism.
Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
We are the hero of our own story.
Every word she writes is a lie, including "and" and "the."
You know what my favourite quotation is?...It's from Chaucer... Criseyde says it, "I am myne owene woman, wel at ese.
The idea of Macbeth as a conscience-torm ented man is a platitude as false as Macbeth himself. Macbeth has no conscience. His main concern throughout the play is that most selfish of all concerns: to get a good night's sleep.
Illiteracy at the poverty level (mainly a matter of bad grammar) does not alarm me nearly as much as the illiteracy of the well-to-do.
From what I have seen, I am driven to the conclusion that religion is only good for good people...
Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils.
If someone tells you he is going to make a 'realistic decision', you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.
Feminism is ridiculous. Feminists are silly idealists who want to be on top. There is no real equality in sexual relationships - someone always wins.
A good deal of education consists of unlearning-the breaking of bad habits as with a tennis serve.
If you talked or laughed in church, told lies, had impure thoughts or conversations, you were bad; if you obeyed your parents or guardians, went to confession and communion regularly, said prayers for the dead, you were good.
The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has all too much a professional air.
There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.
In violence, we forget who we are
In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.
What I really do is take real plums and put them in an imaginary cake.
Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
Modern neurosis began with the discoveries of Copernicus. Science made men feel small by showing him that the earth was not the center of the universe.
The things of this world reveal their essential absurdity when they are put in the Venetian context. In the unreal realm of the canals, as in a Swiftian Lilliput, the real world, with its contrivances, appears as a vast folly.
The strongest argument for the un-materialistic character of American life is that we tolerate conditions that are, from a materialistic point of view, intolerable.
... in America ... children are instructed in the virtues of the system they live under, as though history had achieved a happy ending in American civics.
Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished.
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