Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.
– Mason Cooley
Think carefully before asking for justice. Mercy might be safer.
Few friendships could survive the moodiness of love affairs.
We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.
The higher the moral tone, the more suspect the speaker.
Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.
Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are.
Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.
It is possible to interpret without observing, but not to observe without interpreting.
Romantics consider common sense vulgar.
Fastidious taste makes enjoyment a struggle.
If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined.
Irony regards every simple truth as a challenge.
Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.
Most people regard getting their way as a matter of simple justice.
Innocence is thought charming because it offers delightful possibilities for exploitation.
Children use all their wiles to get their way with adults. Adults do the same with children.
My passions have never jumped out of the fireplace and set fire to the carpet.
Even boredom has its crises.
When a man bores a woman, she complains. When a woman bores a man, he ignores her.
Complainers change their complaints, but they never reduce the amount of time spent in complaining.
If the world would apologize, I might consider a reconciliation.
The educated do not share a common body of information, but a common state of mind.
Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.
Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
Mistakes are the only universal form of originality.
Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.
Cure for an obsession: get another one.
The passions are the same in every conflict, large or small.
Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends.