Though sages may pour out their wisdom’s treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
One of the best predictors of policy around is Thomas Ferguson’s investment theory of politics, as he calls it – very outstanding political economist – which essentially – I mean, to say it in a sentence, he describes elections as occasions in which groups of investors coalesce and invest to control the state.
Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem.
‘Evil men have no songs.’ How is it that the Russians have songs?
In the latter case life rests upon a thousand presuppositions which the individual can never trace back to their origins, and verify; but which he must accept upon faith and belief.
I have to do draft after draft… It takes me a long time, but I love doing it, and I have to do it every day, or I feel slack.
Thought is an infection. In the case of certain thoughts, it becomes an epidemic.
The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement.
After so many years, I feel more American than anything else, but I’m also Romanian and whatever other oddities of temperament I picked up elsewhere, in Transylvania or France, for instance. These days, everybody is both an exile and a resident – they don’t call it the global village for nothing.
Scholars have long dreamed of a universal library containing everything that has ever been written.