It has been the acknowledged right of every Marxist scholar to read into Marx the particular meaning that he himself prefers and to treat all others with indignation.
The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture.
Of all classes the rich are the most noticed and the least studied.
It would be foolish to suggest that government is a good custodian of aesthetic goals. But, there is no alternative to the state.
In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
The great dialectic in our time is not, as anciently and by some still supposed, between capital and labor; it is between economic enterprise and the state.
We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.
There are few ironclad rules of diplomacy but to one there is no exception. When an official reports that talks were useful, it can safely be concluded that nothing was accomplished.
Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.
Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it. It has some value in gaining and holding attention, but it has no persuasive value at all.
Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.
Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear.
There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose.
In economics, hope and faith coexist with great scientific pretension and also a deep desire for respectability.
More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.