Everybody uses mime and gesture in real life, though we don't realize it. It's very useful as a performance technique, though it can be boring to watch on its own.
I have a greater appreciation for kitchen appliances, having played one.
Equality is the measure of all things, and bad behavior is less bad if everyone indulges in it.
Unilateral tolerance in a world of intolerance is like unilateral disarmament in a world of armed camps: it regards hope as a better basis for policy than reality.
Where hopes are unrealistic, fears often become exaggerated; where dreams alone are blueprints, nightmares result.
Two or three notes of music can instantly make you feel sad or tense or afraid or angry. To do that in words is much more difficult.
Reason can never be the absolute dictator of man's mental or moral economy.
For intellectuals, everyone's mind is closed but their own.
Mere absurdity has never prevented the triumph of bad ideas, if they accord with easily aroused fantasies of an existence freed of human limitations.
Having been issued the false prospectus of happiness through unlimited sex, modern man concludes, when he is not happy with his life, that his sex has not been unlimited enough. If welfare does not eliminate squalor, we need more welfare; if sex does not bring happiness, we need more sex.
It is curious how an age of public self-revelation, and of the use of psychological jargon, should also be an age when self-examination is rarely practised.
If a lack of money had prevented people from improving their lot, then mankind would still be living in the caves: unless you believe that investment capital first arrived from outer space.
The real and most pressing question raised by any social problem is: "How do I appear concerned and compassionate to all my friends, colleagues, and peers?
For the sake of democracy, vigorous, civilized debate must replace the law of silence that political correctness has imposed.
[There] is no class so dangerous as the idle educated.
Childhood in large parts of modern Britain, at any rate, has been replaced by premature adulthood, or rather adolescence
It is easy to be lenient at other people's expense, and call it generosity of mind.
The tattoo has a profound meaning: the superficiality of modern man's existence.
All I ever wanted to do was act.
I have never understood the liberal assumption that if there were justice in the world, there would be fewer rather than more prisoners.
It is strange, is it not, how the more strenuously we deny the importance of race in human affairs, the more obsessed with it and the touchier on the subject we grow.
Mediocrity triumphs because it presents itself as democratic and because it is dull, and so for many does not seem worth struggling against.
Cruelty is like hope: it springs eternal.
We are like creatures so dazzled with our own technological prowess that we no longer think it necessary to consider the obvious.
The nearer emotional life approaches to hysteria, to continual outward show, the less genuine it becomes. Feeling becomes equated with vehemence of expression, so that insincerity becomes permanent.
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