All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.
Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.
Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for the alien who comes among us.
Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.
Social distinctions concern themselves ultimately with whom you may and may not marry.
Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time.
Funny how people despise platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude.
One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.