| Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
| A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
| 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.
| Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
| 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.
| There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
| It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
| Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
| I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
| The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
| The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
| If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
| Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
| One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
| Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
| Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
| I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
| What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
| Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
| An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.