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What is reading, but silent conversation.

Troubles impending always seem worse than troubles surmounted, but this does not prove that they really are.
Death is a Dialogue between, the Spirit and the Dust.
No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
Education has for its object the formation of character. To curb restive propensities, to awaken dormant sentiments, to strengthen the perceptions, and cultivate the tastes, to encourage this feeling and repress that, so as finally to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious naturethis is alike the aim of parent and teacher.
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.
What you need is an idea.
There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.
If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.
Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind.
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
I refused to attend his funeral. But I wrote a very nice letter explaining that I approved of it.
Aggression, the writer's main source of energy.
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.
We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making.
Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what's known as infinity.
Man loves little and often. Woman much and rarely.
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.
Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.
When a man lies, he murders some part of the world.
Pleasure that isn't paid for is as insipid as everything else that's free.
A dose of poison can do its work but once. A bad book can go on poisoning minds for generations.
There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.
Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.
The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles.
So free we seem, so fettered we are!
Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.
It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
The power of thought, the magic of the mind.
If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.
Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.
Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.
The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
Life is a battle between faith and reason in which each feeds upon the other, drawing sustenance from it and destroying it.
Let's face it, writing is hell.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
?How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
Quarrel? Nonsense; we have not quarreled. If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?
The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.
Too many lives are needed to make just one.
I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache.
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
Travelers are like poets. They are mostly an angry race.
I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.
The strong man is strongest when alone.
My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
Suffering is the ancient law of love; there is not quest without pain; there is no lover who is not also a martyr.
The great consolation in life is to say what one thinks.
It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.
There is nobody who is not dangerous for someone.
The value of an idea lies in the using of it.
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our life.
Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little.
We're all pilgrims on the same journey-but some pilgrims have better road maps.
Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
Genius is eternal patience.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
Between religion's this is and poetry's but suppose this is, there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity.
Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
But the thing that I saw in your face no power can disinherit: No bomb that ever burst shatters the crystal spirit.
Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions
Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony.
People are always neglecting something they can do in trying to do something they can't do.
Telling someone the truth is a loving act.
That's metaphysics, my dear fellow. It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it.
The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
We can only write well about our sins because it is too difficult to recall a virtuous act or even whether it was the result of good or evil motives.
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
Everything is practice.
Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.
A wise man hears one word and understands two.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated.
Some people say they haven't yet found themselves. But the self is not something one finds; it is something one creates.
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
I never exaggerate. I just remember big.
Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
Opportunities multiply as they are seized, they die when neglected.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
It is always the unreadable that occurs.
What is called an acute knowledge of human nature is mostly nothing but the observer's own weaknesses reflected back from others.
Accept your genius and say what you think.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
Death is but a passage. It is not a house, it is only a vestibule. The grave has a door on its inner side.
Life is made of millions of moments, but we live only one of these moments at a time. As we begin to change this moment, we begin to change our lives.
Out of limitations, new forms emerge
Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.
Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
The key to every man is his thought. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.
A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.
Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.
If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.
Rising genius always shoots out its rays from among the clouds, but these will gradually roll away and disappear as it ascends to its steady luster.
The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other.
Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal.
It is playing safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity.
The empires of the futures are the empires of the mind.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.
What is now proved was only once imagined.
If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.
It's simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.
For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.
To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.
At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.
Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

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