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Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
Virtue is not the absense of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers virtue is a vivid and separate ting, like pain or a particular smell.
A cosmic philosophy is not constructed to fit a man; a cosmic philosophy is constructed to fit a cosmos. A man can no more possess a private religion than he can possess a private sun and moon.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.
Fairy Tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.
I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...
If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.
It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
My country, right or wrong, is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, My mother, drunk or sober.
People in high life are hardened to the wants and distresses of mankind as surgeons are to their bodily pains.
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies probably because they are generally the same people.
There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
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