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.
Infants are interesting only to their parents.
Euthanasia ... is simply to be able to die with dignity at a moment when life is devoid of it.
Everybody likes to see somebody else get caught for the vices practiced by themselves.
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.
Human progress had so often been checked by those who were afraid of losing what they had.
There is nothing harder to come by than detachment and solitude; and nothing more important.
It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere.
All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.
Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.
Is there no end to this escalation of desire?
Self-restraint may be alien to the human temperament, but humanity without restraint will dig its own grave.
The more people are reached by mass communication, the less they communicate with each other.
We pity or condemn the communist peoples of the world for being bound in the chains of doctrine. So are we. Our doctrine runs as follows: Our Way is the Only Way.
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.
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 right to choose death when life no longer holds meaning is not only the next liberation but the last human right.
People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow.
the incredible new medical technology has made it possible for highly disciplined teams of surgeons ... to keep stricken organisms alive even if the brain is irretrievably damaged or lung and heart incapable of functioning without mechanical help. Now it is not dust to dust, but human to vegetable.
A high standard of living is usually accompanied by a low standard of thinking.
You cannot know what you do not feel.
certain kinds of people become Republicans and certain kinds of people become Democrats, and ... it's more than a matter of party affiliation. It's a way of thinking and being.
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