The artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business.
Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
I didn’t want to be like Yeats; I wanted to be Yeats.
Bats have no bankers and they do not drink and cannot be arrested and pay no tax and, in general, bats have it made.
If the child has not an object that it can occupy itself with, it feels ennui; for it does not yet know how to occupy itself with itself.
Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
Christianity has aimed to deliver us from a life determined by nature, from the appetites as actuating us, and so has meant that man should not let himself be determined by appetites.
Some deemed him wondrous wise, and some believed him mad.
Yes, yes, children must early be made to practise piety, godliness, and propriety; a person of good breeding is one into whom ‘good maxims’ have been instilled and impressed, poured in through a funnel, thrashed in and preached in.
At this level, the individual perceives the maintenance of the expectations of his family, group, or nation as valuable in its own right, regardless of immediate and obvious consequences.