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" A sense of humor is the ability to understand a joke - and that the joke is oneself. "
" Experience teaches you that the man who looks you straight in the eye, particularly if he adds a firm handshake, is hiding something. "
" There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves. "
" By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one. "
" As between mileage and experience choose experience. "
" I tried to use the questions and answers as an armature on which to build a sculpture of genuine conversation. "
" When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. "
" When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before. "
" A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial. "
" To take wine into our mouths is to savor a droplet of the river of human history. "
" Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking. "
" The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest. "
" My main recollection is of the work I had to do in order to eat. "
" Mr. Faulkner, of course, is interested in making your mind rather than your flesh creep. "
" Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality. "
" Gertrude Stein was masterly in making nothing happen very slowly. "
" A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover. "
" To feel at home, stay at home. "
" I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing. "
" For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed. "
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" My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father. "
" One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention. "
" The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech. "