Words – I wonder if you can realize how much I love them. You are too much preoccupied with mere things and ideas and people to understand the full beauty of words. Your mind is not a literary mind.
He liked to think of himself as a merciless vivisector probing into the palpitating entrails of his own soul.
Things are a great deal better in your part of the world-better, but still quite bad enough. You escape the state-appointed baby-tamers; but your society condemns you to pass your childhood in an exclusive family, with only a single set of siblings and parents. They’re foisted on you by hereditary predestination. You can’t get rid of them, can’t take a holiday from them, can’t go to anyone else for a change of moral or psychological air. It’s freedom, if you like-but freedom in a telephone booth.
One Reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities.
What a hideous colour khaki is
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations of misery.
Reason is not the same in all men; human beings belong to a variety of psychological types separated one from another by irreducible differences.
Walking and talking – that seemed a very odd way of spending an afternoon.
For the act of criticizing heightened his sense of importance, made him feel larger.
I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want sin.