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To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free Country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective Constitutional Spheres; avoiding in the exercise of the Powers of one department to encroach upon another.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Don't you drink? I notice you speak slightingly of the bottle. I have drunk since I was fifteen and few things have given me more pleasure. When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky? When you are cold and wet what else can warm you? Before an attack who can say anything that gives you the momentary well-being that rum does? The only time it isn't good for you is when you write or when you fight. You have to do that cold. But it always helps my shooting. Modern life, too, is often a mechanical oppression and liquor is the only mechanical relief.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.
The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.
I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.
All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck -- who keeps right on going -- is the man who is there when the good luck comes -- and is ready to receive it.
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?
I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.
To be a tourist is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don't cling to you the way they do back home. You're able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity. You're expected to be stupid. The entire mechanism of the host country is geared to travelers acting stupidly. You walk around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don't know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it. Being stupid is the pattern, the level and the norm. You can exist on this level for weeks and months without reprimand or dire consequence. Together with thousands, you are granted immunities and broad freedoms. You are an army of fools, wearing bright polyesters, riding camels, taking pictures of each other, haggard, dysenteric, thirsty. There is nothing to think about but the next shapeless event.
When one realizes that his life is worthless he either commits suicide or travels.
The idea that seeing life means going from place to place and doing a great variety of obvious things is an illusion natural to dull minds.
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty -- his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
In traveling, a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist see what he has come to see.

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