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All men are ordinary men; the extraordinary men are those who know it.
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We should admire the subtlety of the Chinese view of life, which perceives that all human
imperfection is in very truth a crying imperfection.
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There is a law written in the darkest of the Books of Life, and it is this: If you look at a thing
nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth
time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time.
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To complain that I could only be married once was like complaining that I had only been born
once.
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There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who
makes every man feel great.
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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
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Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
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There are some people, nevertheless - and I am one of them - who think that the most
practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe.
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Every one on this earth should believe, amid whatever madness or moral failure, that his life
and temperament have some object on the earth. Everyone on the earth should believe that
he has something to give to the world which cannot otherwise be given.
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Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.
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If you convey to a woman that something ought to be done, there is always a dreadful danger
that she will suddenly do it.
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We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We
should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the
earthquake, and wonder more at the earth.
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Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
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A sober man may become a drunkard through being a coward. A brave man may become a
coward through being a drunkard.
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I wish we could sometimes love the characters in real life as we love the characters in
romances. There are a great many human souls whom we should accept more kindly, and even
appreciate more clearly, if we simply thought of them as people in a story.
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Art is the signature of man.
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A man cannot be wise enough to be a great artist without being wise enough to wish to be a
philosopher. A man cannot have the energy to produce good art without having the energy
to wish to pass beyond it. A small artist is content with art; a great artist is content with
nothing except everything.
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There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the
right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense
in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms,
and complaints against nursery rhymes or other normal amusements of mankind.
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Every man speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his
opinion.
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Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take
an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a
man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men. As far as he is concerned he wipes
out the world.
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Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about
what evils they will call excusable.
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I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
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One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.
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In the end it will not matter to us whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us
greatly on what side we fought.
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The repetition in nature may not be a mere recurrence. It may be a theatrical "encore."
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As for science and religion, the known and admitted facts are few and plain enough. All that
the parsons say is unproved. All that the doctors say is disproved. That's the only difference
between science and religion there's ever been, or will be.
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Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.
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The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: That a thing
constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it
exists, as the mother can love the unborn child.
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The humorous look of children is perhaps the most endearing of all the bonds that hold the
cosmos together.
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The simplification of anything is always sensational.
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A mystic is a man who separates heaven and earth even if he enjoys them both.
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With every step of our lives we enter into the middle of some story which we are certain to
misunderstand.
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