And all my austere nights of midnight oil, all the books I had read, all the wisdom I had gathered, went glimmering before the ape and tiger in me that crawled up from the abysm of my heredity, atavistic, competitive and brutal, lustful with strength and desire to outswine the swine.
Some are born to fortune, and some have fortune thrust upon them.
It was life raw and naked, wild and free—the only life of that sort which my birth in time and space permitted me to attain.
Here, at the absurd cost of ten cents, a gloomy, grouchy individual, who threatened to become an enemy, was made into a good friend.
I had no sorrows, and the world was very bright, so I could not guess that what these men sought was forgetfulness of jaded toil and stale grief.
The idea is to take a posture that reflects your inherent brilliant sanity, so one that is dignified but not stiff.
All of this is by way of coming around to the paradoxical observation that we speak with remarkable laxness and imprecision and yet manage to express ourselves with wondrous subtlety.
We have probably all sat at tables to which we did not belong; and precisely the most spiritual of us, who are most difficult to nourish, know the dangerous DYSPEPSIA which originates from a sudden insight and disillusionment about our food and our messmates—the AFTER-DINNER NAUSEA.
I am the way you see me.
Next to breathing, drinking is the most essential of all human activities.
You just can’t defend some people, no matter how innocent they are.
If you over-organize humans, over-legalize them, suppress their urge to greatness — they cannot work and their civilization collapses.
They were children of Abraham, learning more from a hawk stooping over the desert than from any book yet written.
Words are vocal symbols for ideas; ideas, however, are more or less definite mental symbols for frequently returning and concurring sensations, for groups of sensations.
Occasionally, it is true, we dance in our “chains” and betwixt our “swords”; it is none the less true that more often we gnash our teeth under the circumstances, and are impatient at the secret hardship of our lot.