I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.
—Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
There comes a time in every man’s life and I’ve had many of them.
Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?
The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense.
A fashion is nothing but an induced epidemic.
—George Bernard Shaw
A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.
—John le Carre
It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so.
—Robert A. Heinlein, science-fiction author (1907-1988)