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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

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.
Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
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.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
The best portion of a good man's life is in his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.
You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they have gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you. Except the Will which says to them; Hold on!
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
Tis beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just IT. Some women will stay in a man's memory if they once walked down a street.
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart, till the Devil whispered behind the leaves It's pretty, but is it Art?
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
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!
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.
The road to perseverance lies by doubt.
The greater the knowledge, the greater the doubt.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
No wind favors him who has no destined port.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
The earth laughs in flowers.
A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.
Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question.
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
Come to the edge, He said. They said, We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They came. He pushed them... and they flew.
We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.
Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.
A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.
We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.
It is... axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.
Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.
It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.
A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.
Energy and persistence alter all things.
Failure is the path of least persistence
Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.
By persisting in your path, though you forfeit the little, you gain the great.
Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.
At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.
The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
You must go to bed with friends or whores, where money makes up the difference in beauty or desire.
A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.
The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
Between friends differences in taste or opinion are irritating in direct proportion to their triviality.
Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
We must love one another or die.
We are not commanded (or forbidden) to love our mates, our children, our friends, our country because such affections come naturally to us and are good in themselves, although we may corrupt them. We are commanded to love our neighbor because our natural attitude toward the other is one of either indifference or hostility.
A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
The only way to spend New Year's Eve is either quietly with friends or in a brothel. Otherwise when the evening ends and people pair off, someone is bound to be left in tears.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.
Be ready when opportunity comes. Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how.
The man loves danger and sport. That is why he loves woman, the most dangerous of all sports.
Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Hell is other people.
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
Everything comes to us from others. To Be is to belong to someone.
We must act out passion before we can feel it.
When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Let me tell you I am better acquainted with you for a long absence, as men are with themselves for a long affliction: absence does but hold off a friend, to make one see him the truer.
How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.
The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.
A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.
You can't blame gravity for falling in love.
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
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.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.

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