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The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Until we meet again, may the good Lord take a liking to you.
Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
We only part to meet again.
The next chapter of my life is always more interesting than the last one.
There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
There is no insanity so devastating in man's life as utter sanity.
Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.
Anger as soon as fed is dead; 'Tis starving makes it fat.
An old young man, will be a young old man.
If you desire many things, many things will seem few.
All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
It is much easier to suppress a first desire than to satisfy those that follow.
It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe --you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon -- the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.
I stood among them, but not of them; in a shroud of thoughts which were not their thoughts.
Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.
I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
All farewells should be sudden, when forever.
But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric -- and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.
There is no instinct like that of the heart.
Life's enchanted cup sparkles near the brim.
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.
For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.
The heart will break, but broken live on.
To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.
A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.
Man is a victim of dope in the incurable form of hope.
To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're right, shut up.
I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.
How easy for those who do not bulge to not overindulge!
Here is a pen and here is a pencil, here's a typewriter, here's a stencil, here's a list of today's appointments, and all the flies in all the ointments, the daily woes that a man endures -- take them, George, they're yours!
The only people who should really sin are the people who can sin and grin.
Your hair may be brushed, but your mind's untidy. You've had about seven hours of sleep since Friday. No wonder you feel that lost sensation. You're sunk from a riot of relaxation.
If you are really Master of your Fate, it shouldn't make any difference to you whether Cleopatra or the Bearded Lady is your mate.
If you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won't have to work.
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.
The dreamer whose dreams are non-utilitarian has no place in this world. In this world the poet is anathema, the thinker a fool, the artist an escapist, the man of vision a criminal.
The stabbing horror of life is not contained in calamities and disasters, because these things wake one up and one gets very familiar and intimate with them and finally they become tame again. No, it is more like being in a hotel room in Hoboken let us say, and just enough money in one's pocket for another meal.
No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
Respectable men and women content with good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give ;yourself to some great cause you haven't even begun to live.
The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
Popular art is normally decried as vulgar by the cultivated people of its time; then it loses favor with its original audience as a new generation grows up; then it begins to merge into the softer lighting of quaint, and cultivated people become interested in it, and finally it begins to take on the archaic dignity of the primitive.
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.
The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized itself.
What have we achieved in mowing down mountain ranges, harnessing the energy of mighty rivers, or moving whole populations about like chess pieces, if we ourselves remain the same restless, miserable, frustrated creatures we were before? To call such activity progress is utter delusion. We may succeed in altering the face of the earth until it is unrecognizable even to the Creator, but if we are unaffected wherein lies the meaning?
I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.
I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.
If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiar that when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him.
Fame is an illusive thing -- here today, gone tomorrow. The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.
Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.
He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign.
You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.
Who with a little cannot be content, endures an everlasting punishment.
Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.
Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.
Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied with the result.
Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
The will to do, the soul to dare.
All of life is a foreign country.
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.
A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed on a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward.
The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
Sow good services: sweet remembrances will grow from them.
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
You don't get ulcers from what you eat. You get them from what's eating you.
Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason.
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
The man who has accomplished all that he thinks worthwhile has begun to die.
Good deeds from good intentions flow; but good intentions only; build for us a place below.
That best portion of a good man's life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
... I remember you and recall you without effort, without exercise of will; that is, by natural impulse, indicated by a sense of duty, or of obligation. And that, I take it, is the only sort of remembering worth the having. When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy -- that it is built upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
And our dreams are who we are.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.
To see you naked is to recall the Earth.
I would rather live my life than watch another person's life on T.V.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.
Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree. We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.
To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.
Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
Wine makes a man better pleased with himself. I do not say that it makes him more pleasing to others... This is one of the disadvantages of wine, it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.
Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.
What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity.
For the dead there are no more toils.
I would prefer even to fail with honor than win by cheating.
To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.
To him who is in fear everything rustles.
There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
Kindness gives birth to kindness.
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.
Prostration is our natural position. A worm-like movement from a spot of sunlight to a spot of shade, and back, is the type of movement that is natural to men.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life.
We find nothing easier than being wise, patient, superior. We drip with the oil of forbearance and sympathy, we are absurdly just, we forgive everything. For that very reason we ought to discipline ourselves a little; for that very reason we ought to cultivate a little emotion, a little emotional vice, from time to time. It may be hard for us; and among ourselves we may perhaps laugh at the appearance we thus present. But what of that! We no longer have any other mode of self-overcoming available to us: this is our asceticism, our penance.
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
Whatever is done for love always occurs beyond good and evil.
How people keep correcting us when we are young! There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over. Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
You cannot love a thing without wanting to fight for it.
All words are part true and part false.
Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.
Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it's be brave or else be killed.
He who attacks must vanquish. He who defends must merely survive.
If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.
Children smile on the average 400 times/day; Adults: 15 times/day. Ever wonder why?
Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider yourself defeated again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble. There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.
Who we are never changes. Who we think we are does.
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
why wait for night to dream?

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