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A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [Luke 12:15]

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
We read advertisements to discover and enlarge our desires. We are always ready -- even eager -- to discover, from the announcement of a new product, what we have all along wanted without really knowing it.
That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
Affliction, like the iron-smith, shapes as it smites.
The professors laugh at themselves, they laugh at life; they long ago abjured the bitch-goddess Success, and the best of them will fight for his scholastic ideals with a courage and persistence that would shame a soldier. The professor is not afraid of words like truth; in fact he is not afraid of words at all.
It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
some people sell their soul for something as little as ice water and don't even drink it
The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie.
Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.
Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
Democracy is the menopause of Western society, the Grand Climacteric of the body social. Fascism is its middle-aged lust.
Death is the great adventure beside which moon landings and space trips pale into insignificance.
That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth.
We lose our hair, our teeth! Our bloom, our ideals.
Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth.
As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.
One of the fundamental reasons why so many doctors become cynical and disillusioned is precisely because, when the abstract idealism has worn thin, they are uncertain about the value of the actual lives of the patients they are treating. This is not because they are callous or personally inhuman: it is because they live in and accept a society which is incapable of knowing what a human life is worth.
When you think of the huge uninterrupted success of a book like Don Quixote, you're bound to realize that if humankind have not yet finished being revenged, by sheer laughter, for being let down in their greatest hope, it is because that hope was cherished so long and lay so deep!
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.
If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
You -- poor and obscure, and small and plain as you are -- I entreat to accept me as a husband.
Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.
You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
Reason sits firm and holds the reins, and she will not let the feelings burst away and hurry her to wild chasms. The passions may rage furiously, like true heathens, as they are; and the desires may imagine all sorts of vain things: but judgment shall still have the last word in every argument, and the casting vote in every decision.
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.
Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.
Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.
She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.
Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
We gain our ends only with the laws of nature; we control her only by understanding her laws.
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.
These repetitive words and phrases are merely methods of convincing the subconscious mind.
The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even -- if you will -- eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with.
There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
Power is the by-product of understanding.
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.
Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
The world is full of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.
Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
A friend who is near and dear may in time become as useless as a relative.
Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order.
True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.
While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be.
Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.
I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
From the very fountain of enchantment there arises a taste of bitterness to spread anguish amongst the flowers.
He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Only your mind can produce fear.
I have always felt that although someone may defeat me, and I strike out in a ball game, the pitcher on the particular day was the best player. But I know when I see him again, I'm going to be ready for his curve ball. Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it.
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.
They know enough who know how to learn.
Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.
Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.
Pleasant it to behold great encounters of warfare arrayed over the plains, with no part of yours in peril.
Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
Unquiet souls. In the dark fermentation of earth, in the never idle workshop of nature, in the eternal movement, yea shall find yourselves again.
Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.
Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism -- despotism during the campaign -- is indispensable.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.
We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind -- mass merchandising, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the instant translation of science and technology into popular imagery, the increasing blurring and intermingling of identities within the realm of consumer goods, the preempting of any free or original imaginative response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.
Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age.
What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.
It is great wealth to a soul to live frugally with a contented mind.
In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.
Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.
Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Since the Bible and the church are obviously mistaken in telling us where we came from, how can we trust them to tell us where we are going?
An ugly sight, a man who is afraid.
Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.
The two qualities which chiefly inspire regard and affection [Are] that a thing is your own and that it is your only one.
Because thou must not dream, thou need not despair.
There are souls that are incurable and lost to the rest of society. Deprive them of one means of folly, they will invent ten thousand others. They will create subtler, wilder methods, methods that are absolutely DESPERATE. Nature herself is fundamentally antisocial, it is only by a usurpation of powers that the organized body of society opposes the natural inclination of humanity.
Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philter, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.
A woman's always younger than a man at equal years.
God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrust the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it.
The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
The world's male chivalry has perished out, but women are knights-errant to the last; and, if Cervantes had been greater still, he had made his Don a Donna.
For 'Tis not in mere death that men die most.
Happy are all free peoples, too strong to be dispossessed. But blessed are those among nations who dare to be strong for the rest!
Never let the other fellow set the agenda.
As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds.
There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.
It is not merely the likeness which is precious... but the association and the sense of nearness involved in the thing... the fact of the very shadow of the person lying there fixed forever! It is the very sanctification of portraits I think -- and it is not at all monstrous in me to say that I would rather have such a memorial of one I dearly loved, than the noblest Artist's work ever produced.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
The devil's most devilish when respectable.
At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all. What then? Who's sorry for a gnat or girl?
Experience, like a pale musician, holds a dulcimer of patience in his hand.
If you desire faith, then you have faith enough.
What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
Since when was genius found respectable?
We all have known good critics, who have stamped out poet's hopes; Good statesmen, who pulled ruin on the state; Good patriots, who, for a theory, risked a cause; Good kings, who disemboweled for a tax; Good Popes, who brought all good to jeopardy; Good Christians, who sat still in easy-chairs; And damned the general world for standing up. Now, may the good God pardon all good men!
This race is never grateful: from the first, One fills their cup at supper with pure wine, Which back they give at cross-time on a sponge, In bitter vinegar.
I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless.
The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, Let no one be called happy till his death; to which I would add, Let no one, till his death be called unhappy.
What is art but life upon the larger scale, the higher. When, graduating up in a spiral line of still expanding and ascending gyres, it pushes toward the intense significance of all things, hungry for the infinite?
Who so loves believes the impossible.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. [New Test.]
It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.

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