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If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution -- then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.

Most ignorance is evincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes --ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
All of life is a foreign country.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.
Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate -- it's apathy. It's not giving a damn.
My thinking tends to be libertarian. That is, I oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm -- as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which I would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy.
Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.
Predatory capitalism created a complex industrial system and an advanced technology; it permitted a considerable extension of democratic practice and fostered certain liberal values, but within limits that are now being pressed and must be overcome. It is not a fit system for the mid-twentieth century.
I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
I have lots of things to teach you now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Ever Happened, so don't worry. It's all like a dream. Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don't know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever. Close your eyes, let your hands and nerve-ends drop, stop breathing for 3 seconds, listen to the silence inside the illusion of the world, and you will remember the lesson you forgot, which was taught in immense milky way soft cloud innumerable worlds long ago and not even at all. It is all one vast awakened thing. I call it the golden eternity. It is perfect. We were never really born, we will never really die. It has nothing to do with the imaginary idea of a personal self, other selves, many selves everywhere: Self is only an idea, a mortal idea. That which passes into everything is one thing. It's a dream already ended. There's nothing to be afraid of and nothing to be glad about. I know this from staring at mountains months on end. They never show any expression, they are like empty space. Do you think the emptiness of space will ever crumble away? Mountains will crumble, but the emptiness of space, which is the one universal essence of mind, the vast awakenerhood, empty and awake, will never crumble away because it was never born.
The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn't want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.
There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not.
There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
The mind of the thoroughly well-informed man is a dreadful thing. It is like a bric-?-brac shop, all monsters and dust, with everything priced above its proper value.
When liberty comes with hands dabbled in blood it is hard to shake hands with her.
The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilized being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
I am not young enough to know everything.
Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon --but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx --the world went around, it didn't stop for a second. It's sad but true. John Kennedy, right?
I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.
Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.
Always remember when you are on top of the world , that the earth rotates every 24 hrs.
Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy.
Luck always seems to be against the man who depends on it.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.
If you want to win friends, make it a point to remember them. If you remember my name, you pay me a subtle compliment; you indicate that I have made an impression on you. Remember my name and you add to my feeling of importance.
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
Before a man speaks, it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks it is seldom necessary to assume.
It is a wise man who lives with money in the bank, it is a fool who dies that way.
It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him.
When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.
Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet.
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble
The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember: others may hate you. Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. . . .Only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
A man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man. The instructed man is ashamed to pronounce in an orphic manner what everybody knows, and because he is silent people think he is making fun of them. They like a man who expresses their own superficial thoughts in a manner that appears to be profound. This enables them to feel that they are themselves profound.
The man who is always worrying whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worth a damn.
Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act according with the dictates of reason.
I have always noticed that a man who gives the most for the money, gets the most business.
The man who has nothing to do is always the busiest.
Always tell the truth -- it's the easiest thing to remember.
Hope is the parent of faith.
Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.
The person who lives by hope will die by despair.
Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.
No man is beaten until his hope is annihilated, his confidence gone, As long as a man faces life hopefully, confidently, triumphantly, he is not a failure; he is not beaten until he turns his back on life.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd one self place; for where we are is Hell, and where Hell is, there must we ever be.
Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.
Evil comes at leisure like the disease. Good comes in a hurry like the doctor.
The golden age only comes to men when they have forgotten gold.
Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.
There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
Beware the fury of a patient man.
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
Insanity in individuals is something rare -- but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Love is a state in which a man sees things most decidedly as they are not.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.
Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.
An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.
My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible and carefully humored; people, above all, to whom one must never tell the truth.

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