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"The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
"A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden."
"There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry."
"A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist."
"Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds."
"I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way."
"That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers."
"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila."
"Sometimes laughter is the only weapon we have."
"What sort of philosophy one chooses depends, therefore, on what sort of man one is; for a philosophical system is not a dead piece of furniture that we can reject or accept as we wish; it is rather a thing animated by the soul of the person who holds it."
"Nothing, and no one, should be placed beyond the bounds of rational criticism."
"Knowledge is power."
"The 'silly question' is the first intimation of some totally new development."
"To err is human, to forgive divine."
"I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should."
"The careful application of terror is also a form of communication."
"The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or fiend, by prayer or by wine."
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road...Unless you fail to make the turn."
"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
"A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen."
"A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye."
"Art doesn't want to be familiar. It wants to astonish us. Or, in some cases, to enrage us. It wants to move us. To touch us. Not accommodate us, make us comfortable."
"Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved."
"I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut."
"I wish to propose for the reader's favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true."
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."
"A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark."
"He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser."
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity."
"The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on."
"Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us."
"Posthumous men, like myself, are not so well understood as men who reflect their age, but they are heard with more respect. In plain English: we are never understood--hence our authority."
"It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man. If he is more than a popular story-teller it may take humanity a generation to absorb and grow accustomed to the new geography with which the scientist or artist presents us. Even then, perhaps only the more imaginative and literate may accept him. Subconsciously the genius is feared as an image breaker; frequently he does not accept the opinions of the mass, or man's opinion of himself."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt."
"This is the true joy in life -- being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one."
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