Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.
But when you're a celebrity, you discover that you're no longer the pursuer, but the one being pursued. That's one of the disappointments I have had since becoming a single man.
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
Within, stood a tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache, and clad in black from head to foot, without a single speck of colour about him anywhere.
A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.
All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.
No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty.
I've been involved in something which was chaotic and insane. All I can say now is that I am, and intend to stay, a single man.
Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image, but thee who destroys a good book, kills reason its self.
All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
Opportunity knocks for every man, but you have to give a woman a ring.