“In the face of technology, everything becomes a little atavistic.” - Don DeLillo
“From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few.” - John Updike
“Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.” - Anton Chekhov
All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn’t sit in the same room with me.
There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.