Few expected very much of Franklin Roosevelt on Inauguration Day in 1933. Like Barack Obama seventy-six years later he was succeeding a failed Republican president and Americans had voted for change. What that change might be Roosevelt never clearly said probably because he himself didn’t know.
Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you or they may do it.
An educated person is one who has learned that information almost always turns out to be at best incomplete and very often false misleading fictitious mendacious – just dead wrong.
Americans like fat books and thin women.
Ah summer what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
A day spent praising the earth and lamenting man’s pollutionist history makes you feel like a superior sensitive soul.
Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperately? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down.
When it comes to cars only two varieties of people are possible – cowards and fools.
Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents and when age finally stirs their curiosity there is no parent left to tell them.
In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one’s beloved.
Rereading A.J. Liebling carries me happily back to an age when all good journalists knew they had plenty to be modest about and were.
Anything that isn’t opposed by about 40 percent of humanity is either an evil business or so unimportant that it simply doesn’t matter.
Except for politics no business is scrutinized more exhaustively than journalism.
The best discussion of trouble in boardroom and business office is found in newspapers’ own financial pages and speeches by journalists in management jobs.
There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism’s problems but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance.
Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O’Hare Airport the public to its loss reads very little of it.
I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.
Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.