When the Individual feels, the community reels.
Successfully (whatever that may mean) or unsuccessfully, we all overact the part of our favorite character in fiction.
We haven't any use for old things here. Even when they're beautiful? Particularly when they're beautiful. Beauty's attractive, and we don't want people to be attracted by old things. We want them to like the new ones. But the new ones are so stupid and horrible.
We were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as 'being in one's right mind.
Contemplatives are not likely to become gamblers, or procurers, or drunkards; they do not as a rule preach intolerance, or make war; do not find it necessary to rob, swindle or grind the faces of the poor.
You cannot have a lasting civilization without plenty of pleasant vices.
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
But the nature of power is such that even those who have not sought it, but have had it forced upo them, tend to acquire a taste for more. "Lead us not into temptation," we pray--and with good reason; for when human beings are tempted too enticingly or too long, they generally yield.
They are (to quote the words used by Dr. J. R. Smythies in a recent paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry) the work of a highly differentiated mental compartment, without any apparent connection, emotional or volitional, with the aims, interests, or feelings of the person concerned.
That which, in the language of religion, is called this world is the universe of reduced awareness, expressed, and, as it were, petrified by language.
By remembering what history is—the record of what human beings have been impelled to do by their ignorance and the enormous bumptiousness that makes them canonize their ignorance as a political or religious dogma.
The worth of a gift lies as much in the way it is offered as in its intrinsic value.