Ah, the lives of men! When prosperous they glitter – Like a fair picture; when misfortune comes – A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education – sometimes it’s sheer luck, like getting across the street.
I have yet to see a piece of writing, political or non-political, that doesn’t have a slant. All writing slants the way a writer leans, and no man is born perpendicular, although many men are born upright.
Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and pawns that make national arms imperative.
All we need is a meteorologist who has once been soaked to the skin without ill effect. No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days.
Old age is a special problem for me because I’ve never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself – a lad of about 19.
We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
The critic leaves at curtain fall To find, in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play at all For starting to review it.
The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man’s adjustment to it, the speed of his acceptance.
There’s no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
The only sense that is common in the long run, is the sense of change and we all instinctively avoid it.