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When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.

Aren't women prudes if they don't and prostitutes if they do?
Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!
Petty laws breed great crimes.
Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.
Spiritual energy flows in and produces effects in the phenomenal world.
Rambo isn't violent. I see Rambo as a philanthropist.
The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.
Man was predestined to have free will.
There is no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice.
It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.
Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law.
Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought.
Hope, the patent medicine for disease, disaster, sin.
Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents pots and pans -- the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
The horror of the Twentieth Century was the size of each new event, and the paucity of its reverberation.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle.
The grand perhaps! We look on helplessly, there the old misgivings, crooked questions are.
There is no greater misfortune, than to not be able to endure misfortune.
Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.
The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd.
I can live without it all -- love with its blood pump, sex with its messy hungers, men with their peacock strutting, their silly sexual baggage, their wet tongues in my ear.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Meticulous planning will enable everything a man does to appear spontaneous.
The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion.
Sorrow has produced more melody than mirth.
Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?
The Senate is a body of old men charged with high duties and misdemeanors.
Thinking and Thought: Thoughts are funny little things, They can make paupers or make kings.
A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him.
Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
The new organization is edgeless, permeable, amorphous... constantly re-forming according to need.
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.
Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.
Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
To announce truths is an infallible receipt for being persecuted.
Yes great people are always subject to persecution and always getting into straits.
In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
Perversity is the muse of modern literature.
Perish those who said our good things before we did.
Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.
A pedestrian is a man in danger of his life. A walker is a man in possession of his soul.
Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.
?How does one become a butterfly? she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
Science is nothing but perception.
Life is not an easy matter. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.
Look back, and smile at perils past.
This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.
There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.
Having leveled my palace, don't erect a hovel and complacently admire your own charity in giving me that for a home.
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words his own freedom and sincerity.
Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.
You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.
There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.
Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark.
You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert.
All of us, who are worth anything, spend our manhood in unlearning the follies, or expiating the mistakes of our youth.
What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.
Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.
No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.
The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a blame to any people.
Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. [Ephesians 6:4]
The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
What do a few lies on TV matter? They can be swallowed, digested and excreted, or follow people when they doze off to sink into oblivion.
Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.
An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.
No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.
If women were as fastidious as men, morally or physically, there would be an end of the race.
How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
It is the coward who fawns upon those above him. It is the coward who is insolent whenever he dares be so.
Woman does not forget she needs the fecundator, she does not forget that everything that is born of her is planted in her.
The Communism of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.
Faint heart never won fair lady.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
Speak of me as I am. Nothing extenuate, nor set down aught in malice.
We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
Wisdom becomes nonsense in the mouth of a fanatic.
Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.
Being an extrovert isn't essential to evangelism--obedience and love are.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
A clear understanding of negative emotions dismisses them.
If we devote our time disparaging the products of our business rivals, we hurt business generally, reduce confidence, and increase discontent.
Tardiness often robs us opportunity, and the dispatch of our forces.
Young people everywhere have been allowed to choose between love and a garbage disposal unit. Everywhere they have chosen the garbage disposal unit.
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
We must do our business faithfully, without trouble or disquiet, recalling our mind to God mildly, and with tranquility, as often as we find it wandering from him.
Painting is a faith, and it imposes the duty to disregard public opinion.
Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have -- by disrupting that order -- a way of surprising.
We dissect nature along lines laid down by our native language. Language is not simply a reporting device for experience but a defining framework for it.
Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.
Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
So let us here resolve that Dag Hammarskjold did not live, or die, in vain. Let us call a truce to terror. Let us invoke the blessings of peace. And, as we build an international capacity to keep peace, let us join in dismantling the national capacity to wage war.
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.
Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.
There are few things more difficult than to appraise the work of a man suddenly dead in his youth; to disentangle promise from achievement; to save him from that sentimentalizing which confuses the tragedy of the interruption with the merit of the work actually performed.
Patience. A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue.
Most people show up for work being physically accoutered but mentally disheveled.
Thought is a process of exaggeration. The refusal to exaggerate is not infrequently an alibi for the disinclination to think or praise.
To write is to become disinterested. There is a certain renunciation in art.
Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind. We wallow in nostalgia but manage to get it all wrong. True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories... but American-style nostalgia is about as ephemeral as copyrighted d?j? vu.
Dislodging a green nut from it's shell is almost impossible, but let it dry and the lightest tap will do it.
I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.
Propaganda has a bad name, but its root meaning is simply to disseminate through a medium, and all writing therefore is propaganda for something. It's a seeding of the self in the consciousness of others.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
No motion has she now, no force; she neither hears nor sees; rolled around in earth's diurnal course, with rocks, and stones, and trees.
Two roads diverge in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.
Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb -- or Dome of Worm -- or Porch of Gnome -- or some Elf's Catacomb?
It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.
The vulgar man is always the most distinguished, for the very desire to be distinguished is vulgar.
What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.
In comedy, reconcilement with life comes at the point when to the tragic sense only an inalienable difference or dissension with life appears.
An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say Gentlemen to the person with whom he is conversing.
Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
The nature of peoples is first crude, then severe, then benign, then delicate, finally dissolute.
Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.
It is conventional to call monster any blending of dissonant elements. I call monster every original inexhaustible beauty.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

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