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" A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul. "
" There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. "
" Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt. "
" That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent. "
" It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged. "
" The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. "
" The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name. "
" Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking. "
" Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. "
" One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous. "
" Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities. "
" All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. "
" Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something. "
" Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts. "
" Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. "
" Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder. "
" Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. "
" A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. "
" Experience teaches only the teachable. "
" That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. "
" The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. "
" What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes - ah, they have all the necessary leisure. "
" The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous. "
" Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image. "
" Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself. "
" If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves. "
" Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions. "
" The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency. "
" Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves. "
" So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. "
" Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. "