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" An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex. "
" De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history. "
" It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous. "
" A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy. "
" The proper study of mankind is books. "
" The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous. "
" Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. "
" It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged. "
" So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. "
" Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. "
" Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held. "
" You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear. "
" Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying. "
" There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. "
" That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. "
" My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger. "
" An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. "
" Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. "
" The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. "
" Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. "
" People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. "
" Several excuses are always less convincing than one. "
" All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. "
" To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. "
" Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. "
" Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors. "
" Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too. "
" The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen. "
" Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts. "
" Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation. "
" Every man's memory is his private literature. "