It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.
Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children's party taken over by the elders.
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
Trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. Discouragement has a germ of its own, as different from trouble as arthritis is different from a stiff joint.
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide.
When people are taken out of their depths they lose their heads, no matter how charming a bluff they may put up.
To a profound pessimist about life, being in danger is not depressing.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.
In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day.
No grand idea was ever born in a conference, but a lot of foolish ideas have died there.
What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon? And the day after that, and the next thirty years?
The victor belongs to the spoils.