We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death.
But then, apart from politicians and the pope, why does anyone else use Twitter? Perhaps to feel important.
Is it possible to say "It was a beautiful morning at the end of November" without feeling like Snoopy?
All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feelings and facile counter-positions, such as Us and Them, good and bad, white and black.
Does it make sense to choose the wrong Opportunity just to convince yourself that you would have chosen the right one—had you had the Opportunity? I.
The only truths that are useful are instruments to be thrown away.
I write what I write.
Every European goes on the streets and sees medieval churches. Not if you live in Indianapolis.
Followers of the occult believe in only what they already know, and in those things that confirm what they have already learned.
How beautiful was the spectacle of nature not yet touched by the often perverse wisdom of man!
For architecture, among all the arts, is the one that most boldly tries to reproduce in its rhythm the order of the universe, which the ancients called "kosmos," that is to say ornate, since it is like a great animal on whom there shine the perfection and the proportion of all its members.
Benno blushed violently. I am not a murderer! he protested. No one is, until he commits his first crime, William said philosophically.
I think of myself as a serious professor who, during the weekend, writes novels.
Political satire is a serious thing. In democratic newspapers throughout the world there are daily cartoons that often are not even funny, as is the case especially in many English-language newspapers. Instead, they contain a political message, and the artist takes full responsibility.
If a shepherd errs, he must be isolated from other shepherds, but woe unto us if the sheep begin to distrust shepherds.
I have seen many other fragments of the cross, in other churches. If all were genuine, our Lord's torment could not have been on a couple of planks nailed together, but on an entire forest.
You are always born under the wrong sign, and to live in this world properly you have to rewrite your own horoscope day by day.
How peaceful life would be without Love, Adso. How Safe. How Tranquil. And how Dull.
Rem tene, verba sequentur: grasp the subject, and the words will follow. This, I believe, is the opposite of what happens with poetry, which is more a case of verba tene, res sequentur. grasp the words, and the subject will follow.
Every European goes on the streets and sees medieval churches. Not if you live in Indianapolis. The most exciting letters I received were from people in places like that.