Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted
The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.
Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing called God.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.
The trouble with fiction... is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.
All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in substituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. Similarly, those who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder.
De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities
There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
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