Lawyers may reason powerfully, but power settles most issues.
Politics inflame the passions in a way that few beloveds can match.
If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined.
The imaginary audience for my life is growing small and silent.
If folly disappeared, wit would starve.
Power makes gods. Virtue makes martyrs.
Duty is whatever opposes inclination.
Lead the reader toward the thought, then stop a little short.
Innocence: I am only stepping on your face because it lies in my path.
The morose one refuses to smile even when he has just had his teeth cleaned.
Conscious thought is the tidying up at the end.
Somehow the body keeps life going despite the ravaging negations of the mind.