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If my mind can conceive it and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.

Feeling and longing are the motive force behind all human endeavor and human creation, in however exalted a guise the latter may present themselves to us.
To refuse awards … is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Imagination, which is the eldorado of the poet and of the novel-writer, often proves the most pernicious gift to the individuals who compose the talkers instead of the writers in society.
They just elected me Miss Phonograph Record of 1966. They discovered my measurements were 331⁄3, 45, 78!
You lose in the end unless you know how the wheel is fixed or can fix it yourself.
There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule.
Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.
We are dancing in darkness on the edge of tragedy. And quite literally scared to death.
Security is essentially elusive, impossible. We all die. We all get sick. We all get old. People leave us. People surprise us. People change us. Nothing is secure. And this is the good news. But only if you are not seeking security as the point of your life.
Where we have reasons for what we believe, we have no need of faith; where we have no reasons, we have lost both our connection to the world and to one another.
Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man’s power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.
… what frosty fate’s in store / For the warm blood of man,—man, out of ooze / But lately crawled, and climbing up the shore?
The price of peace is to abandon greed and replace it with giving, so that none will be spiritually injured by having more than they need while others in the world still have less than they need.
Our best destiny, as planetary cohabitants, is the development of what has been called “species consciousness”—something over and above nationalisms, blocs, religions, ethnicities.
Graciousness has been replaced by surliness in much of everyday life.
Memory is a nutriment, and seeds stored for centuries can still germinate.
Bless the gift of memory / that breaks unbidden, released / from a flower or a cup of tea / so the dead move like rain through the room.
… memory is more indelible than ink.
… imagination took the reins, and Reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.
… women like to live on their imagination. // It’s all they can afford, most of them.
Imagination is not an empirical or superadded power of consciousness, it is the whole of consciousness as it realizes its freedom.
Now, I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
When a man knows that the abstraction ten exists—nothing on earth can stop him from looking for the fact of eleven.
Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summon them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you!
A little Madness in the Spring / Is wholesome even for the King, / But God be with the Clown.
I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception.
It sometimes occurs that memory has a personality of its own and volunteers or refuses its information at its will, not at mine.
Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.
Life is a compromise between fate and free will.
It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous for its prey.
nothing except the impossible shall occur
It’s bad policy to speculate on what you’ll do if a plan fails when you’re trying to make a plan work.
Process is the great happiness … while the highly advertised Achievement brings a certain emptiness since it is very hard to experience or even believe.
Sometimes, fame means nobody places any limits on your behavior. And that’s a dangerous thing.
But, if it be a sin to covet honour, / I am the most offending soul alive.
Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage.
Hunger is the handmaid of genius.
The secret of a great success for which you are at a loss to account is a crime that has never been found out, because it was properly executed.
One’s religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.
I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.
Success treads on every right step.
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster / And treat those two imposters just the same.
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
When success happens to an English writer, he acquires a new typewriter. When success happens to an American writer, he acquires a new life.
The best augury of a man’s success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.
The fly sat upon the axel-tree of the chariot-wheel and said, What a dust do I raise!
People may oppose you, but when they realize you can hurt them, they’ll join your side.
The surest sign of fitness is success.
She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success, wrong by wrong.
… with a good fortune, a brilliant position, and a weak, indulgent husband, what more could she desire?
EARTH has her usual delights—which can be met with six days out of the seven. But here and there upon grey earth there exist, like the flying of sunlight, celestial pleasures also—and one of these is the heaven of success.
Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday’s triumphant Cause.
If people are highly successful in their professions they lose their senses. Sight goes. They have no time to look at pictures. Sound goes. They have no time to listen to music. Speech goes. They have no time for conversation. They lose their sense of proportion—the relations between one thing and another. Humanity goes ….
… it is a peaceful thing to be one succeeding.
How success changes the opinion of men!
Success has killed more men than bullets.
Vanity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief.
Be as a bird that— / Pausing in its flight— / Alights upon a branch too slight / And feeling that it bends beneath it / Sings—knowing it has wings.
Between grief and nothing I will take grief.
The single most important quality you need in order to change the course of your life is courage.
She ransacked her mind, but there was nothing in it.
Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
I make bean-stalks, I’m / A builder, like yourself.
Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end.
It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
As always happens—sooner or later—to those who shake hands with the devil, they find out too late that what they have given up in the bargain is their soul.
… my heart is set / On living—I have heroes to beget / Before I die ….
If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treat his inferiors, not his equals.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. More difficult, because there is no zeitgeist to read, no template to follow, no masks to wear.
There are men who can’t be bought.
When you take the high moral road it is difficult for anyone to object without sounding like a complete fool.
Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue.
I believe there is no devil but fear.
An unrectified case of injustice has a terrible way of lingering restlessly, in the social atmosphere like an unfinished question.
What a joy it is to do a good deed! And this joy is strongest if no one knows that you have done it.
It is our time to rise again, to secure our future.
That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Law; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.
Particular lies may speak a general truth.
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing. That’s my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.
It was a pity he couldna be hatched o’er again, an’ hatched different.
Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage.
I think that everything he did, feeding the poor, giving money to friends in need, it was all a way of redeeming himself. And that, I believe, is what true redemption is, Amir jan, when guilt leads to good.
A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for.
You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
Eternity. It is the sea mingled with the sun.
The middlebrow is the man, or woman, of middlebred intelligence who ambles and saunters now on this side of the hedge, now on that, in pursuit of no single object, neither art itself nor life itself, but both mixed indistinguishably, and rather nastily, with money, fame, power, or prestige.
It is the mind that makes the body.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.
There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing. A truth is something that everybody can be shown to know and to have known, as people say, all along.
The true manipulator never has a reputation for manipulating.
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work … I want to achieve it through not dying.
What a strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, the other looks forward. The one is of today, the other is the Tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
I want to visit Memory Lane, I don’t want to live there.
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope / for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love / For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith / But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
When hope is taken away from the people moral degeneration follows swiftly after.
A great hope fell / You heard no noise / The Ruin was within.
If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.
If there is faith that can move mountains, it is faith in your own power.
Where there is hope there is life, where there is life there is possibility, and where there is possibility change can occur.
Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
The people will live on. / The learning and blundering people will live on. / They will be tricked and sold and again sold. / And go back to the nourishing earth for rootholds.
Rosiness is not a worse windowpane than gloomy gray when viewing the world.
Life is a do-it-yourself kit, so do it yourself. Work. Practice.
We must overcome our fear of each other by seeking out the humanity within each of us. The human heart contains every possibility of race, creed, language, religion and politics. We are one in our commonalities.
If everyone was sincere who says he’s sincere there wouldn’t be half so many insincere ones in the world and there would be lots, lots, lots more really sincere ones!
How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!
Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
There is nothing so catching as refinement ….
As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
When the wayfarer whistles in the dark, he may be disavowing his timidity, but he does not see any more clearly for doing so.
Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power; that is all.
Cheating may or may not be human nature, but it is certainly a prominent feature in just about every human endeavor.
The control of our being is not unlike the combination of a safe. One turn of the knob rarely unlocks the safe. Each advance and retreat is a step toward one’s goal.
Pride is a sweetmeat, to be savoured in small pieces; it makes for a poor feast.
Life in itself / Is nothing, / An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
I am no prophet—and here’s no great matter; / I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, / And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, / And in short, I was afraid.
Inner space is the real frontier.
Thank God for the head. Inside the head is the only place you got to be young when the usual place gets used up.
Often, the truly great and valuable lessons we learn in life are learned through pain. That’s why they call it “growing pains.” It’s all about yin and yang. And that’s not something you order off column A at your local Chinese restaurant.
When you turn the corner / And you run into yourself / Then you know that you have turned / All the corners that are left.
… the inner voice; the human compulsion when deeply distressed to seek healing counsel within ourselves, and the capacity within ourselves both to create this counsel and to receive it.
Being inoffensive, and being offended, are now the twin addictions of the culture.
It is a rare privilege to watch the birth, growth, and first feeble struggles of a living mind ….
They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.
He kissed me and now I am someone else.
I turn away reluctant from your light, / And stand irresolute, a mind undone, / A silly, dazzled thing deprived of sight / From having looked too long upon the sun.
Men want the same thing from their underwear that they want from women: a little bit of support, and a little bit of freedom.
He loved what he wanted me to be.
The bravest thing that men do is love women.
Your body was a temple to Delight ….
Familiarity breeds attempt.
The difference between love and lust is that lust never costs over two hundred dollars.
You mustn’t force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex.
My boyfriend Ernie asked me, “Soph, how come you never tell me when you’re having an orgasm?” // “Well, Ernie, you’re never around.”
France is the thriftiest of all nations; to a Frenchman sex provides the most economical way to have fun. The French are a logical race.
I’ve always had a weakness for foreign affairs.
And I try to teach my heart not to want nothing it can’t have.

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