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People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.

Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
It is certain that stealing nourishes courage, strength, skill, tact, in a word, all the virtues useful to a republican system and consequently to our own. Lay partiality aside, and answer me: is theft, whose effect is to distribute wealth more evenly, to be branded as a wrong in our day, under our government which aims at equality? Plainly, the answer is no.
Relationships are the hallmark of the mature person.
To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
Twenty years a child; twenty years running wild; twenty years a mature man --and after that, praying.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well.
If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.
Art is never chaste. It ought to be forbidden to ignorant innocents, never allowed into contact with those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.
Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas.
Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.
In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with children.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Nonsense is good only because common sense is so limited.
Everybody gets so much common information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Do not be bullied out of your common sense by the specialist; two to one, he is a pedant.
Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
That man is idle who can do something better.
Idleness is an appendix to nobility.
The real people of genius were resolute workers not idle dreamers.
For Satan finds some mischief still For idle hands to do.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
Think not I am what I appear.
The plainer the dress, the greater luster does beauty appear.
Don't judge men's wealth or godliness by their Sunday appearance.
Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.
Today's accomplishments were yesterday's impossibilities.
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.
Being reproached for giving to an unworthy person, Aristotle said, I did not give it to the man, but to humanity.
Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Conversation should touch everything, but should concentrate itself on nothing.
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love; I love in order that I may love.
Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again -- this is the brave and happy life.
Love is not love until love's vulnerable.
Women make love for love, men make love for lust.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.
In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.
That is the true season of love; when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved as much before, and that no one will ever love in the same way again.
It is best to love wisely, no doubt: but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.
One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love -- any love -- reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.
He who begins by loving Christianity better than truth, will proceed by loving his own sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.
To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.
Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is.
You must not expect old heads upon young shoulders.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father s. He's more particular. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
The rising power of the United States in world affairs requires, not a more compliant press, but a relentless barrage of facts and criticism. Our job in this age, as I see it, is not to serve as cheerleaders for our side in the present world struggle but to help the largest possible number of people to see the realities of the changing and convulsive world in which American policy must operate.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.
The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
The word no Carries a lot more meaning when spoken by a parent who also knows how to say yes.
Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
To nourish and raise children against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.
A mother is not a person to lean on but person to make leaning unnecessary.
If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections.
To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness.
The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.
The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.
There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
My parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
Man is by nature a political animal.
The imagination is man's power over nature.
Nature does nothing uselessly.
Nature is commanded by obeying her.
All nature wears one universal grin.
I've always regarded nature as the clothing of God.
Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.
Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates.
Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.
The unreal is natural, so natural that it makes of unreality the most natural of anything natural. That is what America does, and that is what America is.
Art is man's nature: Nature is God's art.
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
Our ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.
It is almost systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no difference between right and wrong.
There are no accidents, only nature throwing her weight around. Even the bomb merely releases energy that nature has put there. Nuclear war would be just a spark in the grandeur of space. Nor can radiation alter nature: she will absorb it all. After the bomb, nature will pick up the cards we have spilled, shuffle them, and begin her game again.
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.
The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature --were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.
Nature must obey necessity. [Julius Caesar]
Nature thrives on patience; man on impatience.
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.
We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never so forlornly unhappy as when we have lost our love object or its love.
Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine.
No one who has seen a baby sinking back satiated from the breast and falling asleep with flushed cheeks and a blissful smile can escape the reflection that this picture persists as a prototype of the expression of sexual satisfaction in later life.
He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
A man who has been the indisputable favorite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want?
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
Everything in woman hath a solution. It is called pregnancy.
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.
The fundamental impulse of the movement is neither masturbatory nor concretely lesbian -- although it of course offers warm house to both these possibilities; it is an impulse to maidenhood -- to that condition in which a woman might pretend to a false fear or loathing of the penis in order to escape from any responsibility for the pleasure and well-being of the man who possesses it.
It is true from early habit, one must make love mechanically as one swims; I was once very fond of both, but now as I never swim unless I tumble into the water, I don't make love till almost obliged.

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