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Of children as of procreation - the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.
Saints are simply men and women who have fulfilled their natural obligation which is to approach God.
I do not believe the expenditure of $2.50 for a book entitles the purchaser to the personal friendship of the author.
An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
His courtesy was somewhat extravagant. He would write and thank people who wrote to thank him for wedding presents and when he encountered anyone as punctilious as himself the correspondence ended only with death.
If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to a semi-official statement; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable. It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of well-informed circles.
It is a curious thing ... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.
Only when one has lost all curiosity about the future has one reached the age to write an autobiography.
The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish.
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