If I don't start having service I'm going to swap you all for a dog and shoot the dog.
A little more money won't do you any good - because daughters can use up ten percent more than a man can make in any normal occupation, regardless of the amount.
Straining at gnats and swallowing camels is a required course in all law schools.
Dorcas, you already reek like a Marseilles cat house; don't wheedle Mike for more stinkum.
Thou art god, I am god. All that groks is god.
If you've got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn't prove it.
All human behavior, all human motivations, all man's hopes and fears, were heavily colored and largely controlled by mankind's tragic and oddly beautiful pattern of reproduction.
Support for the arts -- merde! A government-supported artist is an incompetent whore!
English is the largest of human tongues, with several times the vocabulary of the second largest language -- this alone made it inevitable that English would eventually become, as it did, the lingua franca of this planet, for it is thereby the richest and most flexible -- despite its barbaric accretions . . . or, I should say, because of its barbaric accretions. English swallows up anything that comes its way, makes English out of it.
To support his austerely upholstered nest and its rabble staff he put forth minimum effort for maximum return simply because it was easier to be rich than to be poor - Harshaw merely wished to live exactly as he liked, doing whatever he thought was best for him.
I'm always suspicious of disinterested interest.
Audacity, always audacity - soundest principal of strategy.
Talking with a Martian is something like talking with an echo. You don't get any argument but you don't get results either.
With just a touch more self confidence and a liberal helping of ignorance I could have been a famous evangelist.
In the twentieth century, nowhere on Earth was sex so vigorously suppressed as in America---and nowhere else was there such a deep interest in it.
Because the world has gone nutty and art always paints the spirit of its times
That's a subject as safe as being in favor of Christmas.
He had learned that close-held secrets could often be cracked by going all the way to the top and there making himself unbearably unpleasant. He knew that such twisting of the tiger's tail was dangerous, for he understood the psychopathology of great power.
It would take centuries and he must grow and grow and grow, but he was in no hurry--he grokked that Eternity and the ever-beautifully-changing Now were identical.
Being sorry won't get you into heaven. Get happy, son. Get that old spring into your step and stay on your toes.
The drive for power is even less logical than the sex urge . . . and stronger.
He was delighted to recognize his own human name on two of the papers; he always got an odd thrill out of reading it, as if he were two places at once.
Its very variety, subtlety, and utterly irrational, idiomatic complexity makes it possible to say things in English which simply cannot be said in any other language.
But one way or another competing and weeding takes place . . . or a race goes downhill.
The golden sunshine of Italy congealed into tears. Here's to alcoholic brotherhood ... much more suited to the frail human soul, if any, than any other sort.
He's an honest politician--he stays bought.
Like every living thing its prime characteristic is a blind, unreasoned instinct to survive.
Christ was crucified for preaching without a police permit
The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time-and then shut up.
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