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Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain.

Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?
Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.
Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is.
I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible -- it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
Real love stories never have endings.
If you have it [Love], you don't need to have anything else, and if you don't have it, it doesn't matter much what else you have.
Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is worse than evil, because it is also sterile.
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
Love is the river of life in the world.
A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.
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.
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred -- this is the law of eternal.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
Hatred can be overcome only by love.
It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.
Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
All the extraordinary men I have known were extraordinary in their own estimation.
The body of a sensualist is the coffin of a dead soul.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
Think highly of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.
Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do.
Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
Ability without honor is useless.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
One man's folly is often another man's wife.
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.
Never say anything about yourself you do not want to come true.
Until you value yourself you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
Women who set a low value on themselves make life hard for all women.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Study to be what you wish to seem.
For once you must try not to shirk the facts: mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.
Weep not for little Leonie, abducted by a French Marquis. Though loss of honor was a wrench, just think how it's improved her French.
Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.
The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did at ten.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
Adultery is the application of democracy to love.

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