For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong.

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Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

Prejudices, First Series (1919)

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart.

No man ever quite believes in any other man.
One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man.

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.