This notion is more clearly understood by asking What do I know?.
Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
It is no use speaking in soft, gentle tones if everyone else is shouting.
The greater part of critics are parasites, who, if nothing had been written, would find nothing to write.
Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.
I never read the life of any important person without discovering that he knew more and could do more than I could ever hope to know or do in half a dozen lifetimes.
When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going.
Like its politicians and its war, society has the teenagers it deserves
We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in color and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
Every man, when he comes to be sensible of his natural rights, and to feel his own importance, will consider himself as fully equal to any other person whatever.
Could we have entered into the mind of Sir Isaac Newton, and have traced all the steps by which he produced his great works, we might see nothing very extraordinary in the process.
What I have known with respect to myself, has tended much to lessen both my admiration, and my contempt, of others.