Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.
All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.
Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.
Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions.
Forget the damned motor car and build the cities for lovers and friends.
Men have been obliged to make for themselves a notion of what religion is, long before the science of religions started its methodical comparisons.
We are living in a world that is beyond controllability.
The abjection of our political situation is the only true challenge today. Only facing up to this situation in all its desperation can help us get out of it.
Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.
The middle class has just fallen further and further behind the rich.