War remains the decisive human failure.
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.
Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
In economics the majority is always wrong.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
Change comes not from men and women changing their minds but from the change from one generation to the next.
A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil's policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
Economics is a subject profoundly conducive to cliche, resonant with boredom. On few topics is an American audience so practiced in turning off its ears and minds. And none can say that the response is ill advised.
Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear.
All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.
A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions.
There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.
Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled seas of thought.
You will find that the State is the kind of organization which, though it does big things badly, does small things badly, too.
There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.
We have escapist fiction, so why not escapist biography?
Few can believe that suffering, especially by others, is in vain. Anything that is disagreeable must surely have beneficial economic effects.