A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.