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.
He's as weird as snake's suspenders but sweet as a stolen kiss, too.
Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers.
Churches thrive on martyrdom and persecution.
The verdict to be passed on the third planet around Sol was never in doubt.
His was not a small mind bothered by logic and consistency.
My dear, I used to think I was serving humanity . . . and I pleasured in the thought. Then I discovered that humanity does not want to be served; on the contrary it resents any attempt to serve it. So now I do what pleases myself.
Come Judgment Day, we may find that Mumbo Jumbo the God of the Congo was the Big Boss all along.
The worst that can possibly have happened to him is death and that we are all in for---if not this morning, then in days, or weeks, or years at most.
I do know that the slickest way to lie is to tell the right amount of truth--then shut up.
No matter what I said they insisted on thinking of God as something outside themselves. Something that yearns to take every indolent moron to His breast and comfort him. The notion that the effort has to be their own . . . and that the trouble they are in is all their own doing . . . is one that they can't or won't entertain.
Consider the black widow spider. It's a timid little beastie, useful and, for my taste, the prettiest of the arachnids, with its shiny, patent-leather finish and its red hourglass trademark. But the poor thing has the fatal misfortune of possessing enormously too much power for its size. So everybody kills it on sight.
I never do anything I don't want to do. Nor does anyone, but in my case I am always aware of it.
Stinky says women should be obscene but not heard.
Do-gooding is like treating hemophilia - the real cure is to let hemophiliacs bleed to death...before they breed more hemophiliacs.
Thinking doesn't pay. Just makes you discontented with what you see around you.
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