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" Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it. "
" Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time. "
" One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. "
" St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel. "
" Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. "
" People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to. "
" The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth. "
" Surely the glory of journalism is its transience. "
" My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it. "
" He was not only a bore; he bored for England. "
" There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see. "
" Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century. "
" History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that. "
" It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh. "
" This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life. "
" Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream. "
" Travel, of course, narrows the mind. "
" The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realized. "
" One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up. "
" Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. "