That is what war is and dancing it is forward and back, when one is out walking one wants not to go back the way they came but in dancing and in war it is forward and back.
It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
Name any name and then remember everybody you ever knew who bore that name. Are they all alike. I think so.
Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
The nineteenth century was completely lacking in logic, it had cosmic terms and hopes, and aspirations, and discoveries, and ideals but it had no logic.
It is so friendly so simply friendly and though inevitable not a sadness and though occurring not a shock.
There is a difference between twenty-nine and thirty. When you are twenty-nine it can be the beginning of everything. When you are thirty it can be the end of everything.
It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realise the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always rouse them to be strong and stronger.
The earth is the earth as a peasant sees it, the world is the world as a duchess sees it, and anyway a duchess would be nothing if the earth was not there as the peasant sees it.
Every adolescent has that dream every century has that dream every revolutionary has that dream, to destroy the family.
One of the pleasant things those of us who write or paint do is to have the daily miracle. It does come.
Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself.
I have declared that patience is never more than patient. I too have declared, that I who am not patient am patient.
In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.
There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer.
It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son.
Americans are very friendly and very suspicious, that is what Americans are and that is what always upsets the foreigner, who deals with them, they are so friendly how can they be so suspicious they are so suspicious how can they be so friendly but they just are.