Chicago - a facade of skyscrapers facing a lake and behind the facade every type of dubiousness.
How can I know what I think till I see what I say?
The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.
It is so difficult - at least, I find it difficult - to understand people who speak the truth.
A work of art is never finished. It is merely abandoned.
But nothing in India is identifiable, the mere asking of a question causes it to disappear and merge into something else.
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due - she reminds us too much of a prima donna.
No man can be an agnostic who has a sense of humour.
It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools.
Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
Charm, in most men and nearly all women, is a decoration.
We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.
Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.
There is something majestic in the bad taste of Italy.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.
Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.