1. 10

    One would always want to think of oneself as being on the side of love, ready to recognize it and wish it well --but, when confronted with it in others, one so often resented it, questioned its true nature, secretly dismissed the particular instance as folly or promiscuity. Was it merely jealousy, or a reluctance to admit so noble and enviable a sentiment in anyone but oneself?

  2. 9

    Children seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.

  3. 8

    Italians are never punctual; the café, the convenient place to wait, absolves them from that. There is no question of hanging about, no looking lost and unwanted or even disreputable, as there is in hotel lobbies or the foyers of restaurants. One just sits and enjoys the scene, and waits.

  4. 7

    In thoughts one keeps a reserve of hope, in spite of everything. You cannot say good-bye in imagination. That is something you can only do in actuality.

  5. 6

    Sometimes, surely, truth is closer to imagination or to intelligence, to love than to fact? To be accurate is not to be right.

  6. 5

    The United Nations emerged as a temple of official good intentions, a place where governments might - without abating their transgressions - go to church; a place made remote - by agreed untruth and procedural complexity, and by tedium itself - from the risk of intense public involvement.

  7. 4

    There is balance in life, but not fairness.

  8. 3

    It is the impulse of our century, with its nearly religious belief in magnitude, to fling an institution into every void.

  9. 2

    Americans' great and secret fear is that America may turn out to be a phenomenon rather than a civilization.

  10. 1

    Did you ever notice how easy it is to forgive a person any number of faults for one endearing characteristic, for a certain style, or some commitment to life - while someone with many good qualities is insupportable for a single defect if it happens to be a boring one?

  11. Last Update: 29 September 2022

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