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" A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt. "
" It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels. "
" Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking. "
" A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. "
" Every man's memory is his private literature. "
" A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy. "
" Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. "
" To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. "
" There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done. "
" The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not. "
" Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. "
" My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. "
" People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. "
" I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery. "
" The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. "
" Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life? "
" Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. "
" There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. "
" Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain. "
" Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves. "
" There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God. "
" The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. "
" Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder. "
" It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous. "
" The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. "
" It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.' "
" Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay. "
" Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. "
" Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. "
" Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions. "
" Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. "