When you argue with your inferiors, you convince them of only one thing: they are as clever as you.
We love in another's soul whatever of ourselves we can deposit in it; the greater the deposit, the greater the love.
If poetry is like an orgasm, an academic can be likened to someone who studies the passion-stains on the bedsheets.
Idealist: a cynic in the making.
My neighbor doesn't want to be loved as much as he wants to be envied.
Conscience: self-esteem with a halo.
Canadians look down on the United States and consider it Hell. They are right to do so. Canada is to the United States what, in Dante's scheme, Limbo is to Hell.
It amazes me that organs that piss; Can give human beings such perfect bliss.
God is indeed dead. He died of self-horrorwhen He saw the creature He had made in His own image.
Progress of a marriage There was a time when you couldn'tmake me happy. Now the time has come when you can'tmake me unhappy.
In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination.
I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Keats.
An aphorismshould belike a burrsting,and leavea little soreness. . .
Since I no longer expectanything from mankind exceptmadness,meanness, and mendacityegotism,cowardice,andself-delusion, I have stoppedbeing amisanthrope.
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