Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.
Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
An old codger, rampant, and still learning.
Everyone who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make their life full, significant, and interesting.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
A fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
To associate with other like-minded people in small purposeful groups is for the great majority of men and women a source of profound psychological satisfaction.
Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.
Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance.
Modern man's besetting temptation is to sacrifice his direct perceptions and spontaneous feelings to his reasoned reflections; to prefer in all circumstances the verdict of his intellect to that of his immediate intuitions.
The natural rhythm of human life is routine punctuated by orgies.
At any given moment life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, tending in a certain direction.