"Henry B. Adams was the first in an infinite series to discover and admit to himself that he really did not care whether truth was,or was not, true. He did not even care that it should be proved true, unless the process were new and amusing. He was a Darwinian for fun."
"The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar anddeceiver wishes to hide. In this sense, truth, even if it does not prevail in public, possesses an ineradicable primacy over all falsehoods."
"... whatever men do or know or experience can make sense only to the extent that it can be spoken about. There may be truths beyond speech, and they may be of great relevance to man in the singular, that is, to man in so far as he is not a political being, whatever else he may be. Men in the plural, that is, men in so far as they live and move and act in this world, can experience meaningfulness only because they can talk with and make sense to each other and to themselves."
"Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favour. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing everyadventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its lustre darkened by envy and malignity."