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.
Euthanasia ... is simply to be able to die with dignity at a moment when life is devoid of it.
In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.
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.
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.
All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere.
Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them.
People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
Until we know what motivates the hearts and minds of men we can understand nothing outside ourselves, nor will we ever reach fulfillment as that greatest miracle of all, the human being.
For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
Human progress had so often been checked by those who were afraid of losing what they had.
The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.
Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow.
Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.
The more people are reached by mass communication, the less they communicate with each other.
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.
I would call an intellectual one whose instrument of work - his mind - is also his major source of pleasure; a man whose entertainment is his intelligence.
Self-restraint may be alien to the human temperament, but humanity without restraint will dig its own grave.
It is privilege of living to be acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.
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.
Advertisers in general bear a large part of the responsibility for the deep feelings of inadequacy that drive women to psychiatrists, pills, or the bottle.
Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent.
Borders are scratched across the hearts of men By strangers with a calm, judicial pen, And when the borders bleed we watch with dread The lines of ink across the map turn red.
You cannot throw words like heroism and sacrifice and nobility and honor away without abandoning the qualities they express.
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