The natural tendency of the human mind is to believe before knowing.
in La Guerre 1953 / War 1962
Some people think there’s a plot to infect them. That’s mistaken, but even worse, they’ve been infected with a paranoia that makes them think there’s a plot against them. The lies they tell themselves are killing them.
in On Peace and War, 2003
Old men do not grow wise, they grow more careful.
in A Farewell to Arms,
Ernest Hemingway, 1929
A murder by a court of law is far more dreadful than a murder committed by a criminal.
Prince Myshkin, in
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1868