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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.

The universe is so vast and ageless that the life of one man can only be measured by the size of his sacrifice.
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
forgiveness is me giving up the right to hurt you for hurting me.
One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
Swallow your pride occasionally, it's not fattening.
When a woman is very, very bad, she is awful, but when a man is correspondingly good, he is weird.
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Man forgives women anything save the wit to outwit him.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
If women were humbler, men would be more honest.
In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Man know much more than he understands.
To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.
This great misfortune -- to be incapable of solitude.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.
Bardot, Byron, Hitler, Hemingway, Monroe, Sade: we do not require our heroes to be subtle, just to be big. Then we can depend on someone to make them subtle.
Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile.
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those who have seen America only in their dreams.
We must stop talking about the American dream and start listening to the dreams of the Americans.
Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine.
When it comes to finances, remember that there are no withholding taxes on the wages of sin.
Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

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