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One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.

It is best to be yourself, imperial, plain and true.
Sincerity may be humble, but she cannot be servile.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Truth of a modest sort I can promise you, and also sincerity. That complete, praiseworthy sincerity which, while it delivers one into the hands of one's enemies, is as likely as not to embroil one with one's friends.
You know I say just what I think, and nothing more and less. I cannot say one thing and mean another.
There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.
Candor gives wings to strength.
The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words his own freedom and sincerity.
The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe just so you're sincere.
Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Strength is a matter of a made up mind.
It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
Strength alone knows conflict, weakness is born vanquished.
You expect to break me? Impossible! You broke me years ago. You killed me years ago...
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf.
To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
I believe that all the survivors are mad. One time or another their madness will explode. You cannot absorb that much madness and not be influenced by it. That is why the children of survivors are so tragic. I see them in school. They don't know how
I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.
Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?
Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.
Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdom we've learned and create something.
You are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
A human being is a deciding being.
You are the person who has to decide. Whether you'll do it or toss it aside; You are the person who makes up your mind. Whether you'll lead or will linger behind. Whether you'll try for the goal that's afar. Or just be contented to stay where you are.
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.
We do pretty much whatever we want to.
Any person who recognizes this greatest power... the power to choose. Begins to realize that he is the one that is doing the choosing and that friends, although they mean well, cannot do his choosing for him, nor can his relatives. Consequently, he develops real self-confidence based upon his own ability, upon his own action, and upon his own initiative.
No one ever went broke by saying no too often.
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.
One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak.
You cannot run away from weakness; you must some time fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
It is a talent of the weak to persuade themselves that they suffer for something when they suffer from something; that they are showing the way when they are running away; that they see the light when they feel the heat; that they are chosen when they are shunned.
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
The man who trusts men will make fewer mistakes that he who distrusts them.
I cannot give them my confidence; pardon me, gentlemen, confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom: youth is the season of credulity.
You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.
The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.
The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
The person who receives the most favors is the one who knows how to return them.
To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.
Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.
One ungrateful person, does an injury to all needy people.
If you would live innocently, seek solitude.
It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.
It is not every question that deserves an answer.
A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
It is kindness to refuse immediately what you intend to deny.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
To take refuge with an inferior is to betray one's self.
Audacity augments courage; hesitation, fear.
There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.
When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
When good people have a falling out, only one of them may be at fault at first; but if the strife continues long, usually both become guilty.
It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.
The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress.
You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag.
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion, and opinion brings on substance.
Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death. I can work out a good character much faster than anyone can lie me out of it
I am a lie who always speaks the truth.
Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
If a lie is repeated often enough all the dumb jackasses in the world not only get to believe it, they even swear by it.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.
And when our baby stirs and struggles to be born it compels humility: what we began is now its own.
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
When we are born we cry that we are come.. to this great stage of fools.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. The soul that rises with us, our life's star, hath had elsewhere its setting, and comet from afar: not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come from God, who is our home.
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one's death, one dies one's life.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.
I am responsible for everything except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world... in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.
While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.
He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without.
Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.
Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
Doubt can only be removed by action.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.
Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.
The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.
Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
When desire dies, fear is born.
The weak are the most treacherous of us all. They come to the strong and drain them. They are bottomless. They are insatiable. They are always parched and always bitter. They are everyone's concern and like vampires they suck our life's blood.
The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.
Our strength grows out of our weakness.
The weakest and most timorous are the most revengeful and implacable.
Some of our weakness is born in us, some of it comes through education; it is a big question as to which gives us the most trouble.
A woman of mystique is fully aware of her flaws and weaknesses, yet she is strong enough to admit them and not be embarrassed by them.
All cruelty springs from weakness.
What Women Want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What Men Want: Tickets for the world series.
The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom all their efforts tend for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings -- woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general... only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity, a star.
We have dreamt of every woman there is, and dreamt too of the miracle that would bring us the pleasure of being a woman, for women have all the qualities -- courage, passion, the capacity to love, cunning -- whereas all our imagination can do is naively pile up the illusion of courage.
I have always found women difficult. I don't really understand them. To begin with, few women tell the truth.
You may be a princess or the richest woman in the world, but you cannot be more than a lady.
Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.
The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world: it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure; she embarks her whole soul on the traffic of affection; and if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless -- for it is a bankruptcy of the heart.
Woman is the Nigger of the World.
You don't know a woman until you have received a letter from her.
Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience.
If they are ignorant, they are despised, if learned, mocked. In love they are reduced to the status of courtesans. As wives they are treated more as servants than as companions. Men do not love them: they make use of them, they exploit them, and expect, in that way, to make them subject to the law of fidelity.
The clich? that women, more consistently than men, turn inward for sustenance seems to mean, in practice, that women have richly defined the ways in which imagination creates possibility; possibility that society denies.
Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species -- it is the tigress and lioness in you -- which tends to defend when attacked.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity.
Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.
The reason there's so much ignorance is that those who have it are so eager to share it.
It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.
A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
It takes an enemy and a friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart. The one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.
Whatever harsh criticisms may be passed on the construction of her sentences, she at least possesses that one touch of vulgarity that makes the whole world kin.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
For one who has been honored, dishonor is worse than death.
All honor's wounds are self-inflicted.
Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.

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