A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.
All urbanization, pushed beyond a certain point, automatically becomes suburbanization.... Every great city is just a collection of suburbs. Its inhabitants ... do not live in their city; they merely inhabit it.
Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful.
Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit.