Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. Mignon McLaughin, "The Neurotic's Notebook"
A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier. Henry Louis Mencken, "A Mencken Chrestomathy"
It requires twenty years for a man to rise from the vegetable state in which he is within his mother's womb, and from the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of reason begins to appear. It has required thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him. François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), "Questions sur l'Encyclopédie"
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. Anatol France, "The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard"