“An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself.”
William G. Golding
“It's pomposity gone mad,”
“She could prick the pomposity of the powerful with the same ease with which she could communicate with the mass of ordinary folk.”
“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.”
“Merely through the constant need to ward off, one can become weak enough to be unable to defend oneself any longer.”
“The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.”
“One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love - any love - reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness”
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