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I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.

You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
Clenched Soul

We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.
Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.

Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.
How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
The multitude is always wrong.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
The pain we feel When someone leaves our life is in direct proportion to the joy they bring while a part of our life for a few moments. In my life you made me feel as if I truly meant something to someone
I didn't ask for it to be over. But then again I didn't ask for it to begin. For that's the way it is with life, as some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance. But even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunset
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.
The man who fails because he aims astray or because he does not aim at all is to be found everywhere.
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.
Your failures won't hurt you until you start blaming them on others.
In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
He's no failure. He's not dead yet.
Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it.
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, age don't matter.
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all.
In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.
Nunc scio quit sit amor. Lat., Now I know what love is.
He drew a circle that shut me out-- Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in.
Paradoxically, we fail to disclose ourselves to other people because we want so much to be loved. Because we feel that way we present ourselves as someone we think can be loved and accepted, and we conceal whatever would mar that image. Another reason we hide is to protect ourselves from change. . . Still another reason we don't disclose ourselves is that we were never taught how. . . Personal ambitions and economic pressures also give us powerful reasons for concealing what we really are. . . All of us hide behind the iron curtain of our public selves. . . Men hide what prevents them from seeming strong and masculine. . . Disclosure is so important (because) without it we really cannot know ourselves. Or to put it another way, we learn to deceive ourselves while we are trying to deceive others. For example, if I never express my sorrow, my love, my joy, I'll smother those feelings in myself until I almost forget they were once part of me.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person.
Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
One of these days, is none of these days.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count.
It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I think everything will be alright.
The wretchedness of being rich is that you live with rich people. To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
Among the very rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.
He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you?
Of all the riches that we hug, of all the pleasures we enjoy, we can carry no more out of this world than out of a dream.
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.
There are two things needed in these days; first, for rich men to find out how poor men live; and second, for poor men to know how rich men work.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories.
Dont teach my boy poetry, an English mother recently wrote the Provost of Harrow. Dont teach my boy poetry; he is going to stand for Parliament. Well, perhaps she was rightbut if more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live on this Commencement Day of 1956.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
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.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself.
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.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
When you automate an industry you modernize it; when you automate a life you primitivize it.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.
Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
No matter how good you get, there's always something further out there.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
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.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.

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