'Probably' is a word with an emergency ejector seat.
A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.
A life can get knocked into a new orbit by a car crash, a lottery win or just a bleary-eyed consultant giving bad news in a calm voice.
Books don't offer real escape but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.
Courage is the highest quality for a soldier, but technology is a fine substitute.
Faith, the least exclusive club on Earth, has the craftiest doorman. Every time I've stepped through its wide-open doorway,I find myself stepping out on the street again.
False modesty can be worse than arrogance.
Folks with most to complain about seldom complain most.
Hate eats the hater the way ogres eat little boys.
History admits no rules, only outcomes. What precipitates outcomes? Vicious acts and virtuous acts. What precipitates acts? Belief.
I am going to tell you a secret. Everything is about wanting. Everything. Things happen because of people wanting. Watch closely, and you'll see what I mean.
I have always preferred maps to books. They don't answer you back.
I wish I had a magic door to a library where I could go in, read for days and days, and come back in the same minute I left. I'm still looking for the door.
If war's first victim is truth, its second is clerical efficiency.
Implausible truth can serve one better than plausible fiction.
Little girls are like old cats. If they don't like you nothing on Earth will make them pretend to.
Love's pure free joy when it works, but when it goes bad you pay for the good hours at loan-shark prices.
Lunatics are writers whose works write them.
Lying's wrong, but when the world spins backwards, a small wrong may be a big right.
Memories are their own descendents masquerading as the ancestors of the present.
Once any tyranny becomes accepted as ordinary, its victory is assured.
Only professional diplomats, inveterate idiots and women view diplomacy as a long-term substitute for war.
Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.
People are obscenities. Would rather be music than be a mass of tubes squeezing semisolids around itself for a few decades before becoming so dribblesome it'll no longer function.
Perhaps all human interaction is about wanting and getting.
Science devises ever bloodier means of war until humanity's powers of destruction overcome our powers of creation and our civilisation drives itself to extinction.
Sometimes the fluffy bunny of incredulity zooms round the bend so rapidly that the greyhound of language is left, agog, in the starting cage.
The act of memory is an act of ghostwriting.
The best way to get out of debt is not to seek to get out of debt, but to seek to create wealth.
The better organized the state, the duller its humanity.
The body is the outermost layer of the mind.
The most malicious god is the god of the counted chicken.
The subjunctive is always the first to go.
The weak are meat the strong do eat.
There's a link between bigotry and bad spelling.
Time is the speed at which the past decays.
Time is what stops history happening at once; time is the speed at which the past disappears.
To fool a judge, feign fascination, but to bamboozle the whole court, feign boredom.
Torturous advances won over generations can be lost by a single stroke of a myopic president's pen or a vainglorious general's sword.
Travel far enough, you meet yourself.
Truth is singular. Its 'versions' are mistruths.
Two people who are a little bit deluded in each other's favor. That's what love is, isn't it?
Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty.
We looked at each other for the last time; nothing is as eloquent as nothing.
Whoever opined 'Money can't buy you happiness' obviously had far too much of the stuff.
Why ask a question whose answer would demand ten more questions?
Your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean! Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?
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