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The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.

What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity.
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around -- the music and the ideas.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
How clever you are, my dear! You never mean a single word you say.
There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
One's real life is so often the life that one does not lead.
Nothing is so dangerous as being too modern; one is apt to grow old fashioned quite suddenly.
The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
The greatest of all sins is stupidity.
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
To love oneself is the beginning of a life long romance.
Scandal: gossip made tedious by morality.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.
To be beloved is all I need, And whom I love, I love indeed.
My case is a species of madness, only that it is a derangement of the Volition, and not of the intellectual faculties.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; --poetry = the best words in the best order.
You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
Tragedy delights by affording a shadow of the pleasure which exists in pain.
I can wield authority, but it’s the worst currency in the world.
What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?
To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others.
The high sentiments always win in the end, the leaders who offer blood, toil, tears, and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.
To write or even speak English is not a science but an art. There are no reliable words. Whoever writes English is involved in a struggle that never lets up even for a sentence. He is struggling against vagueness, against obscurity, against the lure of the decorative adjective, against the encroachment of Latin and Greek, and, above all, against the worn-out phrases and dead metaphors with which the language is cluttered up.
A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.
But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards.
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
Good novels are not written by orthodoxy-sniffers, nor by people who are conscience-stricken about their own orthodoxy. Good novels are written by people who are not frightened.
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
For a creative writer possession of the truth is less important than emotional sincerity.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.

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