most people did not care to be taught what they did not already know; it made them feel ignorant.
We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
You mustn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex.
Every word she writes is a lie, including "and" and "the."
Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
We are the hero of our own story.
The relation between life and literature - a final antimony - is one of mutual plagiarism.
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.
The famous Florentine elegance, which attracts tourists to the shops on Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna Nuova, is characterized by austerity of line, simplicity, economy of effect.
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.
You know what my favourite quotation is?...It's from Chaucer... Criseyde says it, "I am myne owene woman, wel at ese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret.
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.
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