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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.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
Love does not just sit there, like a stone; it had to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
We learn resignation not by our own suffering, but by the suffering of others.
We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.
The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.
Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
Pedantry is the showy display of knowledge which crams our heads with learned lumber and then takes out our brains to make room for it.
Marriage is like wine. It is not properly judged until the second glass.
Boredom is the root of all evil--the despairing refusal to be oneself.
The opposite of bravery is not cowardice but conformity.
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.
There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge -- that is everywhere.
Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.
A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.
Dog. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
Blue eyes say, Love me or I die; black eyes say, Love me or I kill thee.
Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
Creativity comes from awakening and directing men's higher natures, which originate in the primal depths of the uni- verse and are appointed by Heaven.
Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.
A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.
Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic -- if it is pulled out I shall die.
In violence we forget who we are.
Never tell your story to a deaf man.
An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.
Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.
To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Fat is a way of saying no to powerlessness and self-denial.
Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful.
The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains.
Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.
It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.
Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.
Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.
In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.
Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it.
Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.
Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure. Emotion is easily transferred from the writer to the reader.
Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others.
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.
Good humor isn't a trait of character, it is an art which requires practice.
Education is the art of making man ethical.
The best training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.
The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
I try to leave out the parts that people skip.
To be thoroughly conversant with a man's heart, is to take our final lesson in the iron-clasped volume of despair.
The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
When all things are equal, translucence in writing is more effective than transparency, just as glow is more revealing than glare.
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
To live is like to love-all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning.
The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living. Satisfaction is death.
Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood -- we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.
I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.
We have art in order not to die of the truth.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
To teach successfully we must tell all we know, but only what is adaptable to the student.
For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.
Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.
All serious daring starts from within.
It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.
Most modern reproducers of life, even including the camera, really repudiate it. We gulp down evil, choke at good.
The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.
Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible -- he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven.
I understood that all the material of a literary work was in my past life, I understood that I had acquired it in the midst of frivolous amusements, in idleness, in tenderness and in pain, stored up by me without my divining its destination or even its survival, as the seed has in reserve all the ingredients which will nourish the plant.
One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.
Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
When you dream alone, with your eyes shut, asleep, that dream is an illusion. But when we dream together, sharing the same dream, awake and with our eyes wide open, then that dream becomes reality!
Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.
It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
True creativity often starts where language ends.
The thing that makes a creative person is to be creative and that is all there is to it.
The creative person wants to be a know -it -all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth -century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen.
No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.
Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct to love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed. To disapprove, to condemn --the human soul shrivels under barren righteousness.
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
If one finds the strength to deal with small things, one finds it to deal with the large ones as well.
I do believe it is possible to create, even without ever writing a word or painting a picture, by simply molding one's inner life. And that too is a deed.
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.
Style is knowing who you are, what to say, and not giving a damn.
Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas. What litanies the advertisers of the good life chanted at you! What curious catechisms!
One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive.
Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

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