Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he's been bought ten times over.
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.
Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.