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Do you want to know a good way to fall in love? Just associate with all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.

The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.
To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.
To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.
If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.
When any government, or church for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, this you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motive.
Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. Another may find it in robbing banks. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible result. Note the individual and subjective nature of each case. No two are alike and there is no reason to expect them to be. Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job. Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing. Or geeking in a sideshow. Or even politics.
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Learning isn't a means to an end; it is an end in itself.
Belief gets in the way of learning.
It is not enough to have a good mind, the main thing is to use it well.
Prayer puts you in touch with the infinite and prepares your mind for the finite.
Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.
Brains aren't designed to get result; they go in directions. If you know how the brain works you can set your own directions. If you don't, then someone else will.
No mind, however loving, could bear to see plainly into all the recess of another mind.
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
Irony is the hygiene of the mind.
You've got to watch your mind all the time or you'll awaken and find a strange picture on your press.
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
The mind profits by the wrecks of every passion.
I find, by experience, that the mind and the body are more than married, for they are most intimately united; and when one suffers, the other sympathizes.
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.
If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation.
You can have such an open mind that it is too porous to hold a conviction.
We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets -- we remember only.
The Brain is wider than the sky-.
I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.
The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
The brain's calculations do not require our conscious effort, only our attention and our openness to let the information through. Although the brain absorbs universes of information, little is admitted into normal consciousness.
The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.
Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.
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.
One should be more concerned about what his conscience whispers than about what other people shout.
Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood.
Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.
Friendship is genuine when two friends can enjoy each others company without speaking a word to one another.
The first law of story-telling. Every man is bound to leave a story better than he found it.
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.
The Bible give us a list of human stories on both sides of the ledger. On list of human stories is used examples -- do what these people did. Another list of human stories is used as warnings -- don't do what these people did. So if your story ever gets in one of these books, make sure they use it as an example, not a warning.
Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story -- a story that is basically without meaning or pattern.
I have asked a lot of my emotions --one hundred and twenty stories. The price was high, right up with Kipling, because there was one little drop of something, not blood, not a tear, not my seed, but me more intimately than these, in every story, it was the extra I had. Now it has gone and I am just like you now.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
Real love stories never have endings.
Sometimes you can tell a large story with a tiny subject.
It's precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life.
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.
There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
You may have tangible wealth untold, caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you could never be; I know someone who told stories to me.
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.
If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.
Lessons of wisdom have the most power over us when they capture the heart through the groundwork of a story, which engages the passions.
Not often in the story of mankind does a man arrive on earth who is both steel and velvet, who is as hard as rock and soft as drifting fog, who holds in his heart and mind the paradox of terrible storm and peace unspeakable and perfect.
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. To Why am I here? To uselessness. It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.
To understand one woman is not necessarily to understand any other woman.
A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized itself.
After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiar that when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -- the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.
Remorse is impotence, it will sin again. Only repentance is strong, it can end everything.
An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there -- that of the pulse, the heart beat.
The life of a creator is not the only life nor perhaps the most interesting which a man leads. There is a time for play and a time for work, a time for creation and a time for lying fallow. And there is a time, glorious too in its own way, when one scarcely exists, when one is a complete void. I mean -- when boredom seems the very stuff of life.
We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.
There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry.
Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when we got on a high stool to reach down an untried volume, or sat with parted lips listening to a new talker, or for very lack of books began to listen to the voices within, as the first traceable beginning of our love.
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
To write well, express yourself like common people, but think like a wise man. Or, think as wise men do, but speak as the common people do.
If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up, because by that time I was too famous.
Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven.
Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.
Writing is more than anything a compulsion, like some people wash their hands thirty times a day for fear of awful consequences if they do not. It pays a whole lot better than this type of compulsion, but it is no more heroic.
To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all.
Writing is a dreadful labor, yet not so dreadful as Idleness.
Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.
Any man who can write a page of living prose adds something to our life, and the man who can, as I can, is surely the last to resent someone who can do it even better. An artist cannot deny art, nor would he want to. A lover cannot deny love.
Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.
I pick my favorite quotation and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have not the time nor means to get more.
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external.
He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.
Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
A book is the only immortality.
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
Beware of the person of one book.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command.
Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.
A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
A book may be compared to your neighbor: if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room piled high with cases in my father's name; Piled high, packed large, --where, creeping in and out among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first. And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark. An hour before the sun would let me read! My books!
When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman.
Books succeed, and lives fail.

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