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I don't have any terrific self-esteem issues but I do sometimes realise I've been too lucky and that I'm over-praised. It makes me nervous. I have this sense of being overrated.
I boldly assert, in fact I think I know, that a lot of friendships and connections absolutely depend upon a sort of shared language, or slang. Not necessarily designed to exclude others, this can establish a certain comity and, even after a long absence, re-establish it in a second.
No school of philosophy has ever solved this question of whether being determines consciousness or the other way around. It may be a false antithesis.
I have tried for much of my life to write as if I was composing my sentences to be read posthumously.
The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it's American or British interests involved.
If I'm in a political argument, I think I can, with reasonable accuracy and without boasting, put the other person's side of the case at least as well as they could. One has to be able to say that in any well-conducted argument.
My favorite time in the cycles of public life is the time when the Pope is dead and they haven't elected a new one. There's no one in the world who is infallible for those weeks. And you know, I don't miss it.
The Koran shows every sign of being thrown together by human beings, as do all the other holy books.
I think being an atheist is something you are, not something you do.
Knowing that we are primates, I think, is a fascinating discovery, and a very interesting and rather cheering one.
High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments.
For most of my life I let women do the driving and was happy to let them.
You can be a Polish American, or an Arab American, or a Greek American but you can't be English American. Why not?
I don't envy or much respect people who are completely politicised.
I love it when Muslims go to war with each other, as I do when the Christians do, because it shows there's no such thing as the Christian world and the Islamic world. That's all crap.
The citizens of Tumortown are forever assailed with cures and rumors of cures.
It's true that obscenity is a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder.
I have more than once in my time woken up feeling like death.
I'm not a sheep.
The cause of my life has been to oppose superstition. It's a battle you can't hope to win - it's a battle that's going to go on forever. It's part of the human condition.
I like surprises.
Millions of people die every day. Everyone's got to go sometime. I've came by this particular tumor honestly. If you smoke, which I did for many years very heavily with occasional interruption, and if you use alcohol, you make yourself a candidate for it in your sixties.
I'm not that keen on the idea of being unconscious.
I've proved to be as difficult to convert as I am to hypnotize.
In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.
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