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this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate. So many people wanted to believe me! Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.
I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishment after I'm dead.
People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.
The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.
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