The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.
In every age 'the good old days' were a myth. No one ever thought they were good at the time. For every age has consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.
We cheerfully assume that in some mystic way love conquers all, that good outweighs evil in the just balances of the universe and at the 11th hour something gloriously triumphant will prevent the worst before it happens.
Don't condescend to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.
The evil that men do lives on the front pages of greedy newspapers, but the good is oft interred apathetically inside
Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking
It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.
The cocktail party... is a device either for getting rid of social obligations hurriedly en masse or for making overtures toward more serious social relationships, as in the etiquette of whoring.
Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.
It seems not to have been written. It is the quintessence of life. It is the basic truth.
The most fatal illusion is the narrow point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.
The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.
After each war there is a little less democracy to save.