We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence… on pain of liquidation.
If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people’s opinions will rush in from all quarters.
The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.
When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work.
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
A man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.