We live in worlds that we have forged and composed. It’s much more true than any of the species that you see. I mean, it seems to me that one of the most distinctive features of human intelligence is the capacity to imagine, to project out of our own immediate circumstances and to bring to mind things that aren’t present here and now.
For each individual, sport is a possible source for inner improvement.
I was working as a secretary in Manchester and thought I would always do that. Then I got this letter offering me a two-year fellowship where I could write; they would pay me a salary and give me a flat to live in. It was heaven.
I think social networking is absolutely here to stay. Now, whether or not the label will Facebook forever, depends in part, I think, on whether Facebook wants to try to be less proprietary, be more central to the operation of defining and stewarding identity online.
When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale.
There can be no prestige without mystery, for familiarity breeds contempt.
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.