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Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. And the more you become aware of the unknown self if you become aware of it the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll; I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.
Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams -- Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance. And these weapons must be kept as bright as a sword.
Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.
A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.
Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.
A man's liberal and conservative phases seem to follow each other in a succession of waves from the time he is born. Children are radicals. Youths are conservatives, with a dash of criminal negligence. Men in their prime are liberals (as long as their digestion keeps pace with their intellect). The middle aged run to shelter: they insure their life, draft a will, accumulate mementos and occasional tables, and hope for security. And then comes old age, which repeats childhood -- a time full of humors and sadness, but often full of courage and even prophecy.
The better a man is the more mistakes he will make for the more things he will try.
The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.
Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
Your most intuitive, meaningful, and devastatingly clever design is worthless — unless it’s shallow enough to appeal in the first five seconds.
My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans. Aim high in hope and work. Remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows.
During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take the risk.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.

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