Why do I write books? Why do I think? Why should I be passionate? Because things could be different, they could be made better.
Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.
The closer a Negro got to the ballot box, the more he looked like a rapist.
Religious phenomena are naturally arranged in two fundamental categories: beliefs and rites. The first are states of opinion, and consist in representations; the second are determined modes of action.
The detached observer’s view is one window on the world.
The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth.
Affluence creates poverty.
One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain, one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature.
But we don’t have an example of a democratic society existing in a socialist economy – which is the only real alternative to capitalism in the modern world.
When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.