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A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Mere human beings can't afford to be fanatical about anything. Not even about justice or loyalty. The fanatic for justice ends by murdering a million helpless people to clear a space for his law-courts. If we are to survive on this planet, there must be compromises.
Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours.
Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning.
To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.
Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.
It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world.
Life is a bridge. Cross over it, but build no house on it.
Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.
One learns to itch where one can scratch.
First deserve then desire.
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal you'll be sick.
Their learning is like bread in a besieged town: every man gets a little, but no man gets a full meal.
A friend to everybody and to nobody is the same thing.
People who take risks are the people you'll lose against.
The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
We find it hard to believe that other people's thoughts are as silly as our own, but they probably are.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
The true measure of life is not length, but honesty.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
Many have too much, but none enough.
A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
The flower of kindness will grow. Maybe not now, but it will some day. And in kind that kindness will flow, For kindness grows in this way.
Money isn't everything but it ranks right up there with oxygen.
Work to survive, survive by consuming, survive to consume: the hellish cycle is complete.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.
I know that no one can really stop me but myself and that really no one can help me but myself.
The next day is never so good as the day before.
Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.
Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.
Once I thought ideas were exceptions not the rule. That is not so. Ideas are so plentiful that they ride by on air. You've only to reach out and snatch one...
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.
To me -- old age is always ten years older than I am.
Have an aim in life -- then don't forget to pull the trigger.
Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
There are only two forces that unite men -- fear and interest.
Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
The person of analytic or critical intellect finds something ridiculous in everything. The person of synthetic or constructive intellect, in almost nothing.
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I cannot forgive.
Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.
It's very easy to forgive others their mistakes, it takes more gut and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.
The middle of the road is where the white line is -- and that's the worst place to drive.
Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.
Let them hate, so long as they fear.
Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
I'm not confused, I'm just well mixed.
The best way out of a difficulty is through it.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
If you don't know how great this country is, I know someone who does; Russia.
Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did to yourself?
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see.
The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man.
If you're going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy; God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won t.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even out virtues.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
Forgive thyself little, and others much.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
We never forgive those who make us blush.
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
I never forgive, but I always forget.
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.
Those who easily forgive invite offenses.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.
Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you.
A friend in power is a friend lost.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children;
Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she would come in and sink my boats.
Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts but by giving his own.
Men mistake friendship, but not sex, for love; women mistake sex, but not friendship, for love.
Learn to reject friendship, or rather the dream of friendship. To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life (like aesthetic joys). I must refuse it in order to be worthy to receive it
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.
Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction. If I love you because you love me, that is mere trade, a thing to be bought in the market; it is not love. To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something- and it is only such love that can know freedom.
They do not love that do not show their love. The course of true love never did run smooth. Love is a familiar. Love is a devil. There is no evil angel but Love.
Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
The weakest spot in any person is where they think themselves to be the wisest.
The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak.
Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart.
If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?
No one is as angry as the person who is wrong.
Never go to bed angry, stay up and fight.
Nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful -- just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.
I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Two things a man should never be angry at: what he can help, and what he cannot help.
The size of a man is measured by the size of the thing that makes him angry.
When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.
The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.
Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like hell.
SIN: Self-Inflicted Nonsense
Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.
He who is contented is rich.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
No person is important enough to make me angry.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.

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