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The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.

Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.
Humankind cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future what might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present.
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
In my beginning is my end.
It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.
A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.
War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.
The young feel tired at the end of an action, the old at the beginning.
All cases are unique and very similar to others.
You are the music while the music lasts.
There is no method but to be very intelligent.
I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.
I suppose some editors are failed writers; but so are most writers.
Our emotions are only incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.
So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.
Friendship should be more than biting time can sever.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.
The dream crossed twilight between birth and dying.
Birth, copulation and death. That's all the facts when you come to the brass tacks.
Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.

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