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Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another.
Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.
The middle of the road is where the white line is -- and that's the worst place to drive.
You never really know a man until you have divorced him.
Music is only love looking for words.
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.
The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic that to love others.
What torments my soul is its loneliness. The more it expands among friends and the daily habits or pleasures, the more, it seems to me, it flees me and retires into its fortress. The poet who lives in solitude, but who produces much, is the one who enjoys those treasures we bear in our bosom, but which forsake us when we give ourselves to others. When one yields oneself completely to one's soul, it opens itself to one, and then it is that the capricious thing allows one the greatest of good fortunes... that of sympathizing with others, of studying itself, of painting itself constantly in its works.
I was never less alone than when by myself.
There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
What can the love in my soul be compared to another wonderful soul which is so far and yet so close of my self? What can this symbiosis between two souls can be? What can love be when you feel you cannot sleep at night, that every drop of dew becomes a crystal in your heart, when every breeze of wind has magical meanings? What can love be when you feel that you want nothing more in this world that to be with the soul you love? But what can love be in other transcendental realities? What about our souls? Are our souls a waterfall, a true Niagara or a smile, a flirt of an angel? Are our souls a mere mood of a fairy or a lightening in a summer rain? Our souls could be all of this and much more. But what really happens in that transcendental reality when we feel we are truly in love, that we love so much that it hurts? That the air in the room is unbreathable, that the sentimental, spiritual or physical distances kill us? What happens when dawn find us sadder than ever, looking for an excuse or an argument for the person we love so much, our Great Love? What are all thses? What are the looks lost in the desert horizons of unfulfilment or those in the eyes that deeply loose each other in the others inside the souls?
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands.
Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.
The outer passes away; the innermost is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.
The discipline of desire is the background of character.
The fearful unbelief is unbelief in yourself.
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
The heart always sees before than the head can see.
Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts.
The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.
Desire is proof of the availability...
In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.
If the Sun and Moon should doubt, They'd immediately Go out
I do not think that there are any men who are faithful to their wives.
Adultery is the application of democracy to love.
My attitude toward men who mess around is simple: If you find 'em, kill 'em.
Real love stories never have endings.
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks lateness, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patching to repair great rents in the quotidian.
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
If you're already in a hole, it's no use to continue digging.
The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny.
Make decisions from the heart and use your head to make it work out.
Every decision is liberating, even if it leads to disaster. Otherwise, why do so many people walk upright and with open eyes into their misfortune?
We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live.
Decisiveness is often the art of timely cruelty.
We have a choice: to plow new ground or let the weeds grow.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
It takes two to destroy a marriage.
Your marriage moves toward a state of isolation. Unless you lovingly and energetically nurture your marriage, you will begin to drift away from your mate.
A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.
A tree trunk the size of a man grows from a blade as thin as a hair. A tower nine stories high is built from a small heap of earth.
By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.
The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.
Events are influenced by our very great desires.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
For the rational, psychologically healthy man, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.
The truth simply is that's all. It doesn't need reasons: it doesn't have to be right: it's just the truth. Period.
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
Unbridled gratification produces unbridled desire.
What the eye does not admire the heart does not desire.
In moderating, not satisfying desires, lies peace.
Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth.
When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.
Never forget that a half truth is a whole lie.
In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but by our word.
A lie will easily get you out of a scrape, and yet, strangely and beautifully, rapture possesses you when you have taken the scrape and left out the lie.
By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man.
In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it.
A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.
It is better to have loved and lost, than to have paid for it and not liked it at all.
Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.
When you get married you forget about kissing other women.
Love is not a matter of counting the years -- it's making the years count.
Receiving a new truth is like adding a new sense.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
Gentle words, quiet words, are after all the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.
Strong words are required for weak principles.
Words from the thread on which we string our experiences.
Words are like eyeglasses they blur everything that they do not make clear.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Whatever is a reality today, whatever you touch and believe in and that seems real for you today, is going to be -- like the reality of yesterday -- an illusion tomorrow.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
Hurt's a reason to change, but all the hurt in the world don't change facts.
Suspicion is the cancer of friendship.
Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.
We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected.
We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive. No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.
Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliance and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the ever lasting and sanctified bull doggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.
It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired.
The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person.
What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
America is like an unfaithful love who promises us more than we got.
America is the best half-educated country in the world.
I have no further use for America. I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ was President.
America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth. For all beauty is truth. True features make the beauty of the face; true proportions, the beauty of architecture; true measures, the beauty of harmony and music.
Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.
The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.
Our minds become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds and these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. When one feels such pleasure in non-existence, one's inclination can be completely satisfied only by completely ceasing to exist.
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
Everything is a gift of the universe -- even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment.
Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.
Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it come to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
Empty your mind of all thoughts. Let your heart be at peace. Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return. Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source.
However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is --in other words, not a thing, but a think.
Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they don't understand one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.
Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.
The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.
Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.
You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.
We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play.

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