It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.
Category: Age And Aging
Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything, though they do sometimes, I think, need a little for the deeper and more delicate purpose of teaching them how to do nothing.
Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism
There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.
A building is akin to dogma; it is insolent, like dogma. Whether or no it is permanent, it claims permanence, like a dogma. People ask why we have no typical architecture of the modern world, like impressionism in painting. Surely it is obviously because we have not enough dogmas; we cannot bear to see anything in the sky that is solid and enduring, anything in the sky that does not change like the clouds of the sky.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.