Those who set out nobly to be their brother's keeper sometimes end up by becoming his jailer. Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie.
If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in first, you get accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
Rich people march on Washington every day.
Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie.
Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.
All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.
Every time we are confronted with a new revolution we take to the opium pipes of our own propaganda.
The difference between burlesque and the newspapers is that the former never pretended to be performing a public service by exposure.
If God, as some now say, is dead, He no doubt died of trying to find an equitable solution to the Arab-Jewish problem.
I thought I might teach philosophy but the atmosphere of a college faculty repelled me; the few islands of greatness seemed to be washed by seas of pettiness and mediocrity.
Lifelong dissent has more than acclimated me cheerfully to defeat. It has made me suspicious of victory. I feel uneasy at the very idea of a Movement. I see every insight degenerating into a dogma, and fresh thoughts freezing into lifeless party line.
The fault I find with most American newspapers is not the absence of dissent. it is the absence of news. With a dozen or so honorable exceptions, most American newspapers carry very little news. Their main concern is advertising.
The only thing God didn't do to Job was give him a computer.