By parading a stream of other people’s lives in front of us, [television / computer / cinema] screens remove the responsibility to create our own lives. We watch other people doing things instead of doing them ourselves.
A couple of flitches of bacon are worth fifty thousand Methodist sermons and religious tracts,”
I was born and grew to manhood in one of the wildest and roughest districts of Pennsylvania
— E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps on Union County
God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.
“The true aim of medicine is not to make men virtuous; it is to safeguard and rescue them from the consequences of their vices.”
— H. L. Mencken
He founded a religion, of which the main tenets were the transmigration of souls and the sinfulness of eating beans.
— Bertrand Russell on Pythagoras
Flushed with his impassioned gibberish, he saw himself standing alone on the last barrier of civilization.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.
—Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.
— Washington Irving