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People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.
 

People who say you're just as old as you feel are all wrong, fortunately.
 

Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.
 

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
[Politics]
 

So there he is at last. Man on the moon. The poor, magnificent bungler! He can't even get to the office without undergoing the agonies of the damned, but give him a little metal, a few chemicals, some wire and 20 or 30 billion dollars and, vroom! There he is, up on a rock, a quarter of a million miles up in the sky.
 

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
 

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
 

The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
 

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
[Society]
 

What the New Yorker calls home would seem like a couple of closets to most Americans, yet he manages not only to live there but also to grow trees and cockroaches right on the premises.
 

When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword swallower gag.
 

When it comes to cars, only two varieties of people are possible - cowards and fools.
 

When you're the only pea in the pod, your parents are likely to get you confused with the Hope diamond.
 

You can't enjoy light verse with a heavy heart.
 


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