Oct. 15th, 2011


As Harry says:
  • Brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
  • To test reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the verities become acrobats, we can judge them.
  • "To get back one's youth, one has merely to repeat one's follies."
  • Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
  • its sordid sinners, and its splendid sins
  • Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.
  • Experience was of no ethical value. It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes.
  • Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
  • The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
  • Modern morality consists in accepting the standard of one's age.
  • ... who were extremely old-fashioned people and did not realize that we live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities;
  • There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us.
  • Religion consoles some. Its mysteries have all the charm of a flirtation,Conscience makes egotists of us all.
  • To become the spectator of one's own life, as Harry says, is to escape the suffering of life.
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