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Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.

I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.
There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
In the life of children there are two very clear-cut phases, before and after puberty. Before puberty the child's personality has not yet formed and it is easier to guide its life and make it acquire specific habits of order, discipline, and work: after puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious, tyrannical, insufferable. Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late: then of course the stick and violence enter the scene and yield very few results indeed. Why not instead take an interest in the child during the first period?
They mustn't know my despair, I can't let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn't bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks I'm showing off; when I'm silent they think I'm ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get a good idea, lazy if I'm tired, selfish if I eat a mouthful more than I should, stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. etc.
Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.
Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.
The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did at ten.
Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.
Thinking a smile all the time will keep your face youthful.
I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky.
I quickly laugh at everything for fear of having to cry.
You grow up on the day you have your first real laugh at, yourself.
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.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
He that dies pays all his debts.
We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.
Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
The less routine the more life.
Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
Life is always walking up to us and saying, 'Come on in, the living's fine,' and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.
Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger.
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.

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