the French ’Flu. Its symptoms are that the patient, ordinarily a balanced, cautious, sceptical man, is lured into unconditional sur­render of his critical faculties

Can you imagine a sensitive man going on talking for over one hundred nights to people who cut him and never answer?

poets ever since Donne and Goethe have used imperfect rhymes if they couldn’t help it – but they never tried to convert a shortcoming into a philosophy

Arthur Koestler