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Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. -

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.
Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.
Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.
Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
My greatest strength is... common sense. I'm really a standard brand -- like Campbell's tomato soup or Baker's chocolate.
We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.
Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the fa?ade of his appearance.
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen.
Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.
Only the really plain people know about love --the very fascinating ones try so hard to create an impression that they very soon exhaust their talents.
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
Acting is the perfect idiot's profession.
The most minor gifts and not a very high class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.
If you give an audience a chance they will do half your acting for you.
I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.
As for me, prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.
The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession.
Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around.
The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none.
If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, Here comes number seventy-one!
The riches of life, the love and joy and exhilaration of life can be found only with an upward look. This is an exciting world. It's cram-packed with opportunity. Great moments wait around every corner.
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A you can do it when things are tough.
The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
The easiest thing to find on God's green earth is someone to tell you all the things you cannot do.
It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.
Without discipline, there is no life at all.
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
Why slap them on the wrist with feather when you can belt them over the head with a sledgehammer.
To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.
Certainly Adam in Paradise had not more sweet and curious apprehensions of the world, than I when I was a child.
This moment exhibits infinite space, but there is a space also wherein all moments are infinitely exhibited, and the everlasting duration of infinite space is another region and room of joys.
You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.
You never know yourself till you know more than your body.
Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?
The soul is made for action, and cannot rest till it be employed. Idleness is its rust. Unless it will up and think and taste and see, all is in vain.
More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.
Had we not loved ourselves at all, we could never have been obliged to love anything. So that self-love is the basis of all love.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.
Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us.
I will not by the noise of bloody wars and the dethroning of kings advance you to glory: but by the gentle ways of peace and love.
The desire for success lubricates secret prostitution's in the soul.
Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
In America few people will trust you unless you are irreverent.
Left-wingers are incapable of conspiring because they are all egomaniacs.
Once a newspaper touches a story the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.
The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.
I think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.
It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.
Profit and morality are a hard combination to beat.
Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.
American public opinion is like an ocean -- it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.
To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.
Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts -- it's what you do with what you have left.
Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
There are those who say to you -- we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.
Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy -- when properly aged.
There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.
Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
Liberalism, above all, means emancipation -- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty.
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.
A skilful leech is better far, than half a hundred men of war.
It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.
Maybe it was because like not only finds like; it can't even escape from being found by its like. Even when it's just like in one thing, because even them two with the same like was different.
A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.
I never know what I think about something until I read what I've written on it.
If I had not existed, someone else would have written me, Hemingway, Dostoevski, all of us.
The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
The salvation of the world is in man's suffering.
The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.
He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.
Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth.
The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them.
Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed.
A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.
Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
People have not been horrified by war to a sufficient extent... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
Every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. this is not the case.
True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail.
Maybe the only thing worse than having to give gratitude constantly is having to accept it.
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.
Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
The human mind is our fundamental resource.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
Overcome evil with good. [St. Paul]]
Envy and wrath shorten the life. [Ecclesiasticus]
There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. [Ecclesiastes 2:24]
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you. [Matthew]

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