The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just that no one ever told him about Thanksgiving.
Books do not make life easier or more simple, but harder and more interesting.
A tablecloth restaurant is still one of the great rewards of civilization.
If the roof caves in and the tenants are sitting in the debris, they will laugh like hell. They will endure any hardship as long as it means trouble for the landlord.
The library, I believe, is the last of our public institutions to which you can go without credentials. You don’t even need the sticker on your windshield that you need to get into the public beach. All you need is the willingness to read.
No man does right by a woman at a party.
The conservatives nearly always tolerate the demagogue while he is destroying liberals.
The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.
Sex in a woman’s world has the same currency a penny has in a man’s. Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
I remember how often some of us walked out of the darkness of the Lower East Side and into the brilliant sunlight of Washington Square.