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"The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time."
"It is better to be silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."
"Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered."
"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."
"Reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays."
"I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others."
"All my life, affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it."
"Tragically, in the industrialized world there is a terrible absence of understanding or concern about those who are enduring lives of despair and hopelessness. We have not yet made the commitment to share with others an appreciable part of our excessive wealth. This is a potentially rewarding burden that we should all be willing to assume."
"I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."
"I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left."
"The careful application of terror is also a form of communication."
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
"The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
"this is my 'depressed stance.' When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this."
"A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist."
"It is my observation that too many of us are spending money we haven't earned to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like."
"It is the individual's task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities... interfere with the fulfillment of this task. Such collective identities are crutches for the lame, shields for the timid, beds for the lazy, nurseries for the irresponsible."
"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."
"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."
"Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds."
"It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others."
"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads."
"To err is human, to forgive divine."
"I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should."
"The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or fiend, by prayer or by wine."
"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."
"How come there's only one Monopolies Commission?"
"If you're going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it."
"Like the herd animals we are, we sniff warily at the strange one among us."
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity."
"To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it."
"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."
"If ignorance is bilss, then knock this smile off my face."
"On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
"Of all the strange 'crimes' that human beings have legislated out of nothing, 'blasphemy' is the most amazing, with 'obscenity' and 'indecent exposure' fighting it out for second and third place."
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