Every criminal leaves psychic fingerprints. And he can't wear gloves to hide them.
most of our social and educational institutions are designed to weed out or make over people ... until we produce a world where everyone is a smart, quick-witted, aggressive person living on the surface of the mind without ever looking into the depths.
That's the worst thing about money - the moment you have some you begin to suspect everyone of trying to take it away from you. And usually they are.
Even a small, everyday lie is a clue to the personality and preoccupations of the liar, like a dream or any other confection of the mind, that is half-conscious and half-unconscious, as all creative acts must be.
In a city you thought of all life as human life. You had to live in the heart of the woods to realize that humanity was a slight ripple on the surface of a flood of life that seeped into every vacant crack, flowed into every biological vacuum the moment it occurred.
Nobody believes in ghosts, but everybody is afraid of them.
The experiences of the heartless are so limited. It is hate that is blind. Love may miss a flaw here and there, but hate misses beauty everywhere.
fiction and lies are both works of creative art, and creation always reveals the creator.
Everything you do in war is a crime in peace
At twenty your choices are almost unlimited. At fifty you're a prisoner of past decisions. At seventy you have no free will left at all.
Diamonds are the tears of the poor.
A critic is a person who rationalizes his likes and dislikes in such impressive language that the layman thinks he is reasoning instead of rationalizing.
To the Latin, cynicism and middle age are synonymous. Look at our politicians - they move through their careers from left to center to right, like the hands of a clock.
Wouldn't it be kinder to say that a lie is a short work of fiction? 'A story' as my daughter says?
Falling in love is like religious conversion. It goes on for a long time below the threshold before it reaches consciousness.
the unconscious forces that govern accessible memory are the most arbitrary of editors and the absolute masters of our lives.
Habit is far stronger than the lessons of experience.
... law is a substitute for love.
Civilization is a fiction which becomes a fact only as long as everyone can believe in it. It is the cynic, rather than the rebel, who pulls down the whole flimsy structure periodically throughout history.
what you fear, you invite.
the fool is the one true cosmopolite - the one character common to all nationalities.
The author portrays himself in every line he writes and portrayal is always betrayal.
the true and the plausible are rarely the same.
Thunderstorms were rare in California, but when they came they were, like most things in California, larger than life.
Other people's children, like other people's love affairs, were so much less interesting than one's own.
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