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.
Infants are interesting only to their parents.
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.
The right to choose death when life no longer holds meaning is not only the next liberation but the last human right.
It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere.
Human progress had so often been checked by those who were afraid of losing what they had.
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.
There is nothing harder to come by than detachment and solitude; and nothing more important.
Everybody likes to see somebody else get caught for the vices practiced by themselves.
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.
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 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.
Is there no end to this escalation of desire?
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.
People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.
To be at peace with self, to find company and nourishment in self-this would be the test of the free and productive psyche.
When women can cherish the vulnerability of men as much as men can exult in the strength of women, a new breed could lift a ruinous yoke from both.
A man at his desk in a room with a closed door is a man at work. A woman at a desk in any room is available.
The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained.
A high standard of living is usually accompanied by a low standard of thinking.
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