A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don’t slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.
I have often said that just as the French revolution, for instance, understood itself through antiquity, I think our time can be understood through the French revolution. It is quite a natural process to use other times to understand your own time.
Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
History, at its best, always tells us as much indirectly about ourselves as it does directly about our predecessors, and it is often most revealing when it deals with episodes and phenomena that we find repulsive.
What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.
The seeds of divorce are often sown and the problems of children begin when Mother works outside the home.
The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely.
Catastrophes are often stimulated by the failure to feel the emergence of a domain, and so what cannot be felt in the imagination is experienced as embodied sensation in the catastrophe.
A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.
We do very little re-writing in the office. We often take on people who show great promise and who we hope will develop into somebody important and someone good.