Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent.
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.
The unrecognized genius—that's an old story. Have you ever thought of a much worse one—the genius recognized too well? ... That a great many men are poor fools who can't see the best—that's nothing. One can't get angry at that. But do you understand about the men who see it and don't want it?
I do not wish to work in a world that regards me as a slave.
The basic cause of totalitarianism is two ideas: men's rejection of reason in favor of faith, and of self-interest in favor of self-sacrifice.
He was accustomed to hostility; this kind of benevolence was more offensive than hostility. He shrugged; he thought that he would be out of here soon and back in the simple, clean reality of his own office.