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Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

We that are true lovers run into strange capers.
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.
The dew of compassion is a tear.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Kind words are worth much and they cost little.
Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.
The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person's life.
Loyalty is something you give regardless of what you get back, and in giving loyalty, you're getting more loyalty; and out of loyalty flow other great qualities.
A jack of both sides, is before long, trusted by nobody, and abused by both parties.
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.
Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
It takes a long time to grow an old friend.
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots.
Those that are a friend to themselves are sure to be a friend to all.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.
No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred --that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt. If we let our friend become cold and selfish and exacting without a remonstrance, we are no true lover, no true friend.
The ideal friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.
Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what you think is right and stick to it.
Integrity simple means not violating one's own identity.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.
Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
I have found that most of the things I want from living I must get from people.
The keener the want the lustier the growth.
Try to eliminate the word SHOULD from your vocabulary. And try doing so without replacing it with OUGHT or YOU BETTER.
We are never more discontented with others than when we are discontented with ourselves.
The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death.
The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.
The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.
Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.
The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other.
As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
Two monologues do not make a dialogue.
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities.
Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.
We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies it is the first law of nature.
Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.
Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.
I know of no great man except those who have rendered great services to the human race.
A witty saying proves nothing.
Tears are the silent language of grief.
The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.
Know what you want. Become your real self.
None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.
I don't like fuckfaces or arrogant ratiocinations. What I do like is dual-meaning words in poems.
Two things are bad for the heart -- running up stairs and running down people.
The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.
The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
It is a weakness that I lead from my heart, and not my head?
All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.
Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.
The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear and hatred of what they have denied and therefore cannot know, cannot share: that wild country, the being of women.
There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be.
Skill makes love unending.
You have to accept the fact that part of the sizzle of sex comes from the danger of sex. You can be overpowered.
Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
He who puts up with insult invites injury.
If it's true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers.
Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim.
Macho doesn't prove mucho.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
All oppression creates a state of war.
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.
I can forget my very existence in a deep kiss of you.
The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.
You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.
It is not the want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.
Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
In everything, satiety closely follows the greatest pleasures.
Everyone is dragged on by their favorite pleasure.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru chinks of his cavern.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.
Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed.
Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.
I died a mineral, and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more -- more unseen forms become manifest to him.
Our lives improve only when we take chances -- and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
Love without attachment is light.
To love without role, without power plays, is revolution.
The desire for possession is insatiable, to such a point that it can survive even love itself. To love, therefore, is to sterilize the person one loves.
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.
The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It is a perpetual wound.
It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.
The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.
I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge.
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
God always takes the simplest way.
It is the childlike mind that finds the kingdom.
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

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