To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.
I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.
When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy today they peer beyond the seven seas bury themselves waist deep in tidings and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.
Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.
Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.
Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.
Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
Be obscure clearly.
Writing is an act of faith not a trick of grammar.
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck like getting across the street.
The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
The only sense that is common in the long run is the sense of change and we all instinctively avoid it.
Everything in life is somewhere else and you get there in a car.
The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man's adjustment to it the speed of his acceptance.
Old age is a special problem for me because I've never been able to shed the mental image I have of myself - a lad of about 19.