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The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake.
It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe --you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
I stood among them, but not of them; in a shroud of thoughts which were not their thoughts.
If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.
Sleep hath its own world, and a wide realm of wild reality. And dreams in their development have breath, and tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.
Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive.
The heart will break, but broken live on.
Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.
A little kingdom I possess, where thoughts and feelings dwell; And very hard the task I find of governing it well.
Love is a great beautifier.
Constant togetherness is fine -- but only for Siamese twins.
It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
I go for two kinds of men. The kind with muscles, and the kind without.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
I only like two kinds of men; domestic and foreign.
I used to be snow white, but I drifted.
I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.
I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
Remember: It costs nothing to encourage an artist, and the potential benefits are staggering. A pat on the back to an artist now could one day result in your favorite film, or the cartoon you love to get stoned watching, or the song that saves your life. Discourage an artist, you get absolutely nothing in return, ever.
In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.
What a fuss people make about fidelity! Why, even in love it is purely a question for physiology. It has nothing to do with our own will. Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot: that is all one can say.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.
If you don't fail now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
What is an adult? A child blown up by age.
All oppression creates a state of war.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.

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