Epigrams of a Cynic

The only distinction that democracies reward is a high degree of conformity.

Slang is the speech of him who robs the literary garbage carts on their way to the dumps.

“Heaven lies about us in our infancy,” and our neighbors take up the tale as we mature.

Death is not the end; there remains the litigation over the estate.

When God makes a beautiful woman, the devil opens a new register.

When Eve first saw her reflection in a pool, she sought Adam and accused him of infidelity.

The most intolerant advocate is he who is trying to convince himself.

To be comic is merely to be playful, but wit is a serious matter. To laugh at it is to confess that you do not understand.

If you would be accounted great by your contemporaries, be not too much greater than they.

The first man you meet is a fool. If you do not think so ask him and he will prove it.

A rabbit’s foot may bring good luck to you, but it brought none to the rabbit.

Of two kinds of temporary insanity, one ends in suicide, the other in marriage.

Those who most loudly invite God’s attention to themselves when in peril of death are those who should most fervently wish to escape his observation.

If you want to read a perfect book there is only one way: write it.

A popular author is one who writes what the people think. Genius invites them to think something else.


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