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" Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it. "
" Going home must be like going to render an account. "
" Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life. "
" History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird. "
" Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters. "
" Action is consolatory. It is the enemy of thought and the friend of flattering illusions. "
" It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog. "
" All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. "
" A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth. "
" It is a maudlin and indecent verity that comes out through the strength of wine. "
" The sea - this truth must be confessed - has no generosity. No display of manly qualities - courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness - has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power. "
" It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth. "
" They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience. "
" Resignation, not mystic, not detached, but resignation open-eyed, conscious, and informed by love, is the only one of our feelings for which it is impossible to become a sham. "
" As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook. "
" For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness. "
" I don't like work... but I like what is in work - the chance to find yourself. Your own reality - for yourself, not for others - which no other man can ever know. "
" To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence. "
" Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys. "
" To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot. "
" Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear. "
" Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. "
" Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men. "
" This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still. "
" Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. "