We owe our existence to our parents, but we actually didn’t have a choice.
One of the most powerful devices is to distort time, to go from human time to atomic time, geologic time. Sometimes you can actually accomplish that, with one unexpected word choice.
To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend.
Protestantism has actually put a man in the position of a country governed by secret police. The spy and eavesdropper, ‘conscience,’ watches over every motion of the mind, and all thought and action is for it a ‘matter of conscience,’ i.e. police business.
I am concerned, rather, that there should not be more things dreamt of in my philosophy than there actually are in heaven and earth.
Mankind is getting smarter every day. Actually, it only seems so. At least we are making progress. We’re progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
Mass media over-represents persons of color in negative ways, especially as criminals, relative to the share of crime actually done by such persons.
A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.
America is the first country… that can actually have a bloodless revolution.
Much of what is called investment is actually nothing more than mergers and acquisitions, and of course mergers and acquisitions are generally accompanied by downsizing.