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Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft.
He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; and he that dares not reason is a slave.
If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.
We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Music is essentially useless, as life is.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
Where there is love there is life.
Actors often behave like children, and so we're taken for children. I want to be grown up.
Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
So many fail because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job.
Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.
It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.
High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they're all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.
One must change one's tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one's superiority.
Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.
And were an epitaph to be my story I'd have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what clearly lies at hand.
Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
Poetry is what is lost in translation.
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.
A man can become so accustomed to the thought of his own faults that he will begin to cherish them as charming little personal characteristics.
People seek within a short span of life to satisfy a thousand desires, each of which is insatiable.
World peace will never be stable until enough of us find inner peace to stabilize it
The world is but a large prison, out of which some are daily selected for execution.
The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business-tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon. His conversation clings to the weather and the news, yet he allows himself to be surprised into thought, and the unlocking of his learning and philosophy.
Who so desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.
Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.
The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
Art is science made clear.
Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.
Those who know the least obey the best.
A riot is the language of the unheard.
I never dared to be radical when young for fear it would make me conservative when old.
Whoever thinks of stopping the uprising before it achieves its goals, I will give him ten bullets in the chest.
In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.
What is a rebel? A man who says no.
Being a funny person does an awful lot of things to you. You feel that you mustn't get serious with people. They don't expect it from you, and they don't want to see it. You're not entitled to be serious, you're a clown, and they only want you to make them laugh.
When the sword of rebellion is drawn, the sheath should be thrown away.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.
Three o clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
I hate victims who respect their executioners.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
Who so loves believes the impossible.
A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth -- either epileptic or dead.
Depression moods lead, almost invariably, to accidents. But, when they occur, our mood changes again, since the accident shows we can draw the world in our wake, and that we still retain some degree of power even when our spirits are low. A series of accidents creates a positively light-hearted state, out of consideration for this strange power.
If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.
It is only in our decisions that we are important.
Life begins on the other side of despair.
Fascism is not defined by the number of its victims, but by the way it kills them.
Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.
To eat is to appropriate by destruction.
Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.
The fool needs company, the wise solitude.
Only in dreams does the happiness of the earth dwell.
Who is mightier than death? Those who can smile when death threatens.
Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late.
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
There is a crack in everything God has made.
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.
Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far.
The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one's preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizarre which seems inherent in them.
The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.
Since we are assured that the all-wise Creator has observed the most exact proportions of number, weight and measure in the make of all things, the most likely way therefore to get any insight into the nature of those parts of the Creation which come within our observation must in all reason be to number, weigh and measure.
To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, or at least the thing that had been called by that name for the last four centuries. What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is.
All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
The depth of darkness to which you can descend and still live is an exact measure of the height to which you can aspire to reach.
Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.
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 must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
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.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.
I had a million questions to ask God: but when I met Him, they all fled my mind; and it didn't seem to matter.
The courage of the poets is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
There is only one success -- to be able to spend your life in your own way.
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
It takes a lot of experience of life to see why some relationships last and others do not. But we do not have to wait for a crisis to get an idea of the future of a particular relationship. Our behavior in little every incidents tells us a great deal.
Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.
We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.
In fighting and in everyday life you should be determined though calm. Meet the situation without tenseness yet not recklessly, your spirit settled yet unbiased. An elevated spirit is weak and a low spirit is weak. Do not let the enemy see your spirit.
An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
In solitude, where we are least alone.
If you are afraid of being lonely, don't try to be right.
As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.
The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy.
A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
To teach successfully we must tell all we know, but only what is adaptable to the student.
Begin to weave and God will give the thread.
The only journey is the one within.
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
The secret of freedom, courage.
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.

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