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Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us.

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Monday is the key day of the week.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
Genius is nothing but a great capacity for patience.
Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.
Undermining experience, embellishing experience, rearranging and enlarging experience into a species of mythology.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
I would sooner read a timetable or a catalog than nothing at all.
Either God is in the whole of nature, with no gaps, or He's not there at all.
Live always in the best company when you read.
Where the heart lies, let the brain lie also.
Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.
Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.
The function of art is to make that understood which in the form of argument would be incomprehensible.
The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.
Rigid, the skeleton of habit alone upholds the human frame.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
The fear of being wrong is the prime inhibitor of the creative process.
An author is often obscure to the reader because they proceed from the thought to expression than like the reader from the expression to the thought.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality.
A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
Books and marriage go ill together.
Man ceased to be an ape, vanquished the ape, on the day the first book was written.
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.
You'll repent if you marry, and repent if you don't.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
When everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong -- or you are absolutely right.
The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at home.
Only one thing registers on the subconscious mind: repetitive application -- practice. What you practice is what you manifest.
I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.
Misfortunes tell us what fortune is.
The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.
The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.
Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.
One can be a brother only in something. Where there is no tie that binds men, men are not united but merely lined up.
For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections.
No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
A man can learn only two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
There is nothing noble in being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats, none knew so well as I: for he who lives more lives than one more deaths than one must die.
All man's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe that I'm somebody else.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
A character is a completely fashioned will.
The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.
A man's character is his guardian divinity.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.
Only things the dreamers make live on. They are the eternal conquerors.
I have not placed reading before praying because I regard it more important, but because, in order to pray aright, we must understand what we are praying for.
Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
The people are to be taken in small doses.
I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.
Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
The minute a phrase, becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.
A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
Once a boy becomes a man, he's a man all his life, but a woman is only sexy until she becomes your wife.
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
He does not weep who does not see.
Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last.
One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
Writing is the incurable itch that possesses many.
Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.
No one does anything from a single motive.
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such.
Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.
The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.
The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics.
Neurophysiologists will not likely find what they are looking for, for that which they are looking for is that which is looking.
I am as my creator made me and since He is satisfied, so am I.
Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.
We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone.
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
Buy good books, and read them; the best books are the commonest, and the last editions are always the best, if the editors are not blockheads.
The average man does not get pleasure out of an idea because he thinks it is true; he thinks it is true because he gets pleasure out of it.
We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Even as a tortoise draws in its limbs, the wise can draw in their senses at will.
The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.
To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
God is only a great imaginative experience.
No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted.
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.
All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions.
Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout.
Paper and ink are all but trash, if I cannot find the thought which the writer did think.
In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.
It is only when we no longer compulsively need someone that we can have a real relationship with them.
You are only what you are when no one is looking.
It is your own convictions which compels you; that is, choice compels choice.
Nobody ever did anything very foolish except from some strong principle.
The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it.
We must always tell what we see. Above all, and this is more difficult, we must always see what we see.
Great intellects are skeptical.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
What is the student but a lover courting a fickle mistress who ever eludes his grasp?
If you would convince others, seem open to conviction yourself.
Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.
Lawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.
The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
Know the self to be sitting in the chariot, the body to be the chariot, the intellect the charioteer, and the mind the reins.
The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write. They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn.
It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks.
The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.
My God, these folks don't know how to love -- that's why they love so easily.
It is not the literal past, the facts of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.
Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
We are not hypocrites in our sleep.
I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on.

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