Advocates of progress often have too low an opinion of what already exists.
Art is not a mirror held up to reality; it is a hammer used to shape it.
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Food comes first, then morals.
From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news.
If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be a crooked line.
People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
Playing cards without money is like a meal without salt.
Politicians are swine. You cannot reason with swine. You must hit them on the nose with a stick.
Suppose they gave a war and nobody came?
Why, then the war would come to you.
The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.
Those against politics are in favor of the politics inflicted upon them.
Those who have no share in the fortunes of the mighty often have a share in their misfortunes.
Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.
War is like love, it always finds a way.
What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.