The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
What we must decide is how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.
What we must decide is how we
are valuable, rather than how
valuable we are.
Forgotten is forgiven.
A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions.
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
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