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As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.

The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.
The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.
I have been in love, and in debt, and in drink, this many and many a year.
The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.
After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say I WANT TO SEE THE MANAGER.
The world in which we were called to exist was an absurd world, and there was no other in which we could take refuge.
The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
You're the best Mom in the whole, wide world!
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
Might does not make right, it only makes history.
Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.
The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.
The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The whole past is the procession of the present.
Stern accuracy in inquiring, bold imagination in describing, these are the cogs on which history soars or flutters and wobbles.
Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
The main thing is to make history, not to write it.
The Thames is liquid history.
It is the true office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment.
The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
While we read history we make history.
In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.
The history of mankind is his character.
History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.
However gradual the course of history, there must always be the day, even an hour and minute, when some significant action is performed for the first or last time.
A land without ruins is a land without memories -- a land without memories is a land without history.
There is a history in all men's lives.
History is strewn thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill, but a lie, well told, is immortal.
Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.
History is one of the most remarkable things in our lives. The mere fact it occurred makes it remarkable.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history. It matters little who wins. To make a people great it is necessary to send them to battle even if you have to kick them in the pants. That is what I shall do.
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.
A page of history is worth a pound of logic.
The men who make history have not time to write it.
One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
History is a better guide than good intentions.
History tells us more than we want to know about what is wrong with man, and we can hardly turn a page in the daily press without learning the specific time, place, and name of evil. But perhaps the most pervasive evil of all rarely appears in the news. This evil, the waste of human potential, is particularly painful to recognize for it strikes our parents and children, our friends and brothers, ourselves.
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.
The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy.
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!
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.
However far your travels take you, you will never find the girl who smiles out at you from the travel brochure.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.
Glorious, stirring sight! The poetry of motion! The real way to travel! The only way to travel! Here today -- in next week tomorrow! Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped -- always somebody else's horizons! O bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
He travels best that knows when to return. Middleton For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!
On with dance, let joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there's any dance to dance or any joy to unconfined.
Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.
Don't dance on a volcano.
We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.
Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death.
Public school is a place of detention for children placed in the care of teachers who are afraid of the principal, principals who are afraid of the school board, school boards who are afraid of the parents, parents who are afraid of the children, and children who are afraid of nobody.
Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
It's never too late to start planning for the future.
If your life is free of failures, you're not taking enough risks.
There is only one rule to become a good talker, learn how to listen.
America -- rather, the United States -- seems to me to be the Jew among the nations. It is resourceful, adaptable, maligned, envied, feared, imposed upon. It is warm-hearted, over-friendly; quick-witted, lavish, colorful; given to extravagant speech and gestures; its people are travelers and wanderers by nature, moving, shifting, restless; swarming in Fords, in ocean liners; craving entertainment; volatile. The chuckle among the nations of the world.
Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.
Being blunt with your feelings is very American. In this big country, I can be as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs, as friendly as my adopted home town of Dallas, Fort Worth, and as peaceful as the inland waterway that rubs up against my former home in Virginia Beach.
America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.
Politics, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
As for America, it is the ideal fruit of all your youthful hopes and reforms. Everybody is fairly decent, respectable, domestic, bourgeois, middle-class, and tiresome. There is absolutely nothing to revile except that it's a bore.
American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.
Somebody must take a chance. The monkeys who became men, and the monkeys who didn't are still jumping around in trees making faces at the monkeys who did.
Everything is sweetened by risk.
Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
One who cares is one who listens.
If you're on thin ice, you might as well dance.
I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am the most certain of the first time.
Experience is a school where a man learns what a big fool he has been.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.
Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it.
Life becomes real only when we begin to face and solve our own problems. Until then we only swim in circles in a large fantasy world which tends to make us very tired of living. Don't waste energy! Face life now!
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
People deserve... the truth. They deserve honesty. The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it's essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.
More and more, when faced with the world of men, the only reaction is one of individualism. Man alone is an end unto himself. Everything one tries to do for the common good ends in failure.
The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. For all beauty is truth. True features make the beauty of the face; true proportions, the beauty of architecture; true measures, the beauty of harmony and music.
The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own; which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful, as hope. Without hope men are only half alive. With hope they dream and think and work.
He that doth not as other men do, but endeavoureth that which ought to be done, shall thereby rather incur peril than preservation; for who so laboreth to be sincerely perfect and good shall necessarily perish, living among men that are generally evil.
There is nothing exempt from the peril of mutation; the earth, heavens, and whole world is thereunto subject.
Use your youth so that you may have comfort to remember it when it has forsaken you, and not sigh and grieve at the account thereof.
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit.
I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth more than ruin more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.
Taking food alone tends to make one hard and coarse. Those accustomed to it must lead a Spartan life if they are not to go downhill. Hermits have observed, if for only this reason, a frugal diet. For it is only in company that eating is done justice; food must be divided and distributed if it is to be well received.
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey.
Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?
I've always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food.
Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
I don't eat junk foods and I don't think junk thoughts.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak.
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
The best way out is always through.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
Life's a bitch, and life's got lots of sisters.
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Don't go through life, grow through life.
The end of life is life. Life is action, the use of one's powers. And to use them to their height is our joy of duty.
Love is life's end, but never ending. Love is life's wealth, never spent, but ever spending. Love's life's reward, rewarded in rewarding.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
If there is sin against life, it consists in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life.

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