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'It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.'


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'Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.'


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'The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.'


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'The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.'


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'The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.'


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'In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.'


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'We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution.'


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'It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living.'


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'We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true they ruin our dreams.'


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'Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.'


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'There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.'


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'It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.'


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'Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.'


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'To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.'


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'Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains.'


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'Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith.'


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'We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends.'


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'The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.'


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'The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.'


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'The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.'


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'The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle.'


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'Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.'


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'It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.'


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'We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about.'


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'Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.'


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'In times of change learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.'


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'It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.'


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'The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.'


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'The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.'


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'Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.'


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'Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.'


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'Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart.'


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'The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.'


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'Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.'


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'It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.'


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'It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.'


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'To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance.'


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'One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action.'


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'There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.'


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'Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.'


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'It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.'


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'Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.'


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'When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths.'


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'The greatest weariness comes from work not done.'

 

 

 

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