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Homo-Americanus is going to go on speaking and writing the way he always has, no matter what dictionary he owns.
I identified a basic mistake my parents had made about life: They thought that it would be very wrong if anybody ever laughed at them.
Their beauty was to the beauty of Miss Canal Zone as the glory of the Sun was to the glory of a lightning bug.
Or they'll talk about fear, which we used to call politics- job politics, social politics, government politics
Unfortunately, that still leaves plenty of Americans who don't read much or think much -- who will still be extremely useful in unjust wars. We are sick about that. We did the best we could.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
The mind reels.
I have no culture, no humane harmony in my brains. I can't live without a culture anymore.
Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows.
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.
We didn't belong anywhere in particular any more. We were interchangeable parts in the American machine.
One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the Universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand.
Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.
You can’t write novels without a touch of paranoia. I’m paranoid as an act of good citizenship, concerned about what the powerful people are up to.
New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.
I was too pessimistic for an optimist to live with
Q: What is wrong with the world?A: Everybody pays attention to pictures of things. Nobody pays attention to things themselves.
Pretend to be good always and even God will be fooled.
Another woman told Constant what it was the crowd felt it had a right to. 'We have a right to know what's going on!' she cried.
Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.
The name of the new religion, " said Rumfoord, "is The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent.
He hadn't killed nearly as many people as I had. But then again, he hadn't had my advantage, which was the full cooperation of our Government.
We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in the world' - she's talking about cannibals. Lot's to eat.
Fear hadn’t come to him yet. Pain hadn’t come where pain would come. There was only the feeling of having done something perfect at last—the taste of a drink from a cold, pure spring.
profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.
She said his music was tuned to the biggest music there ever was, the music of the stars.
Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.
This has been my greatest challenge: because the current reality now seems so unreal, it's hard to make nonfiction seem believable. But you, my friend [Michael Moore], are able to do that.
There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind.
The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought.
It was literature in its finest sense, since it made Unk courageous, watchful, and secretly free.
It pains me even now, even a million years later, to write about such human misbehaviour.A million years later, I feel like apologizing for the human race. That’s all I can say.
Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.
Our aim is to make the world more beautiful than it was when we came into it. It can be done. You can do it--love yourself
A society, on occasion, can be the worst possible describer of mental health.
And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.
If you can't write clearly, you probably don't think nearly as well as you think you do.
Whenever my children complain about the planet to me, I say 'Shut up, I just got here myself'.
Things stayed peaceful in there, even as the crashing vehicles and the cries of the injured and dying reached a crescendo outside. "I fry mine in butter!" indeed.
If you actually are an educated, thinking person, you will not be welcome in Washington, D.C. I know a couple of bright seventh graders who would not be welcome in Washington D.C.
Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from the things she found in gift shops.
Don't forget to wind the restricted clock and put the confidential cat out.
...a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.
When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.
He was a black hole to anyone who might imagine that he or she was a friend of his.
Title: What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years? Only verse: Nothing.
Somebody will beat both [contents and price] sooner or later because that is good old Free Enterprise, where the consumer benefits from battles between jolly green giants.
He had had no experience in asking for a job with a big organization, and Mr. Dilling was making him aware of what a fine art it was--if you couldn't run a machine. A duel was under way.
The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.