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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.

One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil -- but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often -- just to save it from drying out completely
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for by the sadness of the face the heart is made better.
Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
The first mistake are theirs who commit them, the second are theirs that permit them.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn't know why they choose him and he's usually too busy to wonder why.
The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.
Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things losers are uncomfortable doing.
We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.
Instead of killing and dying in order to produce the being that we are not, we have to live and let live in order to create what we are.
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
As usual I finish the day before the sea, sumptuous this evening beneath the moon, which writes Arab symbols with phosphorescent streaks on the slow swells. There is no end to the sky and the waters. How well they accompany sadness!
To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.
When friendship disappears then there is a space left open to that awful loneliness of the outside world which is like the cold space between the planets. It is an air in which men perish utterly.
The warrior fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
The slight that can be conveyed in a glance, in a gracious smile, in a wave of the hand, is often the knee plus ultra of art. What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you must set yourself on fire first.
Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right, or they will get you wrong.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.
Fragrance clings to the hand that gives the rose.
The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.
The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes.
Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.
If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
A false enchantment can all too easily last a lifetime.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.
A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.

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