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

Prejudices, First Series (1919)
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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.

Explanations exist; they have existed for all times, for there is always an easy solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.

'The Divine Afflatus,' in the New York Evening Mail, November 15, 1917

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