The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
Language is memory and metaphor.
A joke is a joke or the image of a truth.
An animal is not cruel; it lives wholly in the instant leap on its prey, in the present taste of marrow or blood. Cruelty begins with the memory, and the pleasures of the memory are impure; they draw their strength along levels where no sun has reached.
The strangest thing about life is not its frightful cruelty, but that it can be gentle.
There is only one world the world pressing against you this minute.
No one asks public men to be strictly moral, but they must seem to be well-behaved.
Nationalism will keep its venom until we succeed in creating an image of the nations of the whole world as so many provinces.
A politician is forced to make a habit of noble phrases and optimistic lies. In the end they infect himself.
Failures to love are irremediable and irredeemable.
She did not so much cook as assassinate food.