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But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!

We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy to form an opinion.
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
The only way around is through.
Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.
Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
Fortune favors the prepared mind.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. [Hebrews 13:2]
We will either find a way, or make one.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm and look to the future with confidence.
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
We must love one another or die.
Be kind to unkind people -- they need it the most.
Be the kind of person you would like to be with.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible
I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer not neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
Never, never, never, never give up.
Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.
Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years.
The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their industry, application, and perseverance under the prompting of a brave, determined spirit.
The heart and benevolent and kind the most resembles God.
Some people are electrifying, they light up a room when they leave.
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
The heart is forever inexperienced.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eyeballs ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
Hope is a waking dream.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
One doesn't recognize the really important moments in one's life until it's too late.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
I cannot imaging anyone looking at the sky and denying God.
What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes --ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero uses his fear, projects it onto his opponent, while the coward runs. It's the same thing, fear, but it's what you do with it that matters.
Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.
Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book, and does.
I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.

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