You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing
The thing which sets off the American from all other men, and gives peculiar color not only to the pattern of his daily life but also adds to the play of his inner ideas, is what, for want of a more exact term, may be called social aspiration
What ass first let lose the doctrine that the suffrage is a high boon and voting a noble privilege Looking back over my 19 years (of it) I can recall few times when I have voted with anything approaching exhilaration
The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented
Imagine the Creator as a stand up comedian - and at once the world becomes explicable.
We are apt to forget that a great man is thus not only great, but also a man that a philosopher, in a life time, spends less hours pondering the destiny of the race than he gives over to wondering if it will rain tomorrow and to meditating upon the
After all, the world is not our handiwork, and we are not responsible for what goes on in it, save within very narrow limits
It seems to me that a great university ought to have room in it for men subscribing to every sort of idea that is currently prevalent
A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child
God is a Republican, and Santa Claus is a Democrat
Try to imagine a Shakespeare beset by fundamentalism, or a Goethe trying to work with the Ku Klux Klan roaring under his door
A professional politician is a professionally dishonourable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker.
The surest way to get on in politics in America is to play the leading part in a prosecution which attracts public notice
The objection to Puritans is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think
Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers.
The American people, taken one with another, constitute the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the middle ages
In brief, she assumed that, being a man, I was vain to the point of imbecility, and this assumption was correct, as it always is
The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them
The central difficulty lies in the fact that all of the sciences have made such great progress during the last century that they have got quite beyond the reach of man
The American Republic, the envy and despair of all other nations
When I mount the scaffold at last these will be my farewell words to the sheriff Say what you will against me when I am gone, but don't forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything
Has the great art and mystery of politics no apparent utility Does it appear to be unqualifiedly ratty, raffish, sordid, obscene and low down, and its salient virtuosi a gang of umitigated scoundrels Then let us not forget its high capacity to soo
Truth would quickly cease to become stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it
The ideal way to get rid of any infectious disease would be to shoot instantly every person who comes down with it
One seldom discovers a true believer that is worth knowing
I believe that any man or woman who, for a period of say five years, has earned his or her living in some lawful and useful occupation, without any recourse to public assistance, should be allowed to vote and that no one else should be allowed to vot
Man is a natural polygamist he always has one woman leading him by the nose, and another hanging on to his coattails.
I am not only wrong, it appears, I am also immoral - the familiar step in Puritan logic
There is no record in history of a nation that ever gained anything valuable by being unable to defend itself
I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious
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