Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate.
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.
I must be free… free to do what I like, say what I like, write what I like, within the limits prescribed for me by my own sense of what is seemly and fitting.
Purity of heart is to will one thing.
Every man should follow the bent of his nature in art and letters, always provided that he does not offend against the rules of morality and good taste.
Marriage brings one into fatal connection with custom and tradition, and traditions and customs are like the wind and weather, altogether incalculable.
Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.