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These offerings, written by others and "mine" but by God's gift of reading and appreciation, are the greatest treasures I can possibly offer to share with you.

Pursue, keep up with, circle 'round and 'round your life as a dog does his master's chair. Do what you love. Know your own bone, gnaw it, bury it, unearth it and gnaw it still.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so aim above morality. Do not be simply good; be good for something. All fables indeed have their morals, but the innocent enjoys the story.

Let nothing come between you and the light. Respect men as brothers only.

When you travel to the celestial city, carry no letter of introduction. When you knock, ask to see God. None of the servants.

Henry David Thoreau
To Harrison Blake

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It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

Agnes Repplier
The Treasure Chest

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When Sally relinquished Jerry to a taxi and became alone, she felt herself reflected in every glance and glass entryway. To the Japanese souvenir-store attendants she was big. To the Negro doorman she was white. To everybody she was nobody.

John Updike
Marry Me

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Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.

Walt Kelly

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And yet the angel of the annunciation appears in Matthew to Joseph, whereas in Luke it's to Mary. The anointing of Jesus by a woman happens according to the first Gospel at the beginning of his public ministry, but according to the three others only a few days before his death. The drink offered to him on the cross is in Matthew wine with gall, in Mark wine and myrrh. According to Luke and Matthew, the apostles must take neither money nor packs, not even sandals or a stick; in Mark, on the contrary, Jesus forbids them to carry anything except for sandals and a stick. I'm Lost!...

Gustave Flaubert
The Temptation of St Antony

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A crook is a crook, and there's something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks in the big politician. You can only get a little of his time because he spends so much time covering up that no one will know that he is a thief. A hard-working crook will and can get those birds by the dozen, but right down in his heart he won't depend on them hates the sight of them.

Al Capone

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They don't seem able to love us unless they can keep changing us a little bit. They love their reasons for loving us almost as much as they love us, and most of the time more. It's not so good that way.

J. D. Salinger

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Contact with inspiration often disturbs your steady worker.

Saul Bellow

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An honest man or an honest woman can be insulted, but to tell a thief he's a thief is a mere statement of fact.

Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina

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History is a child building a sandcastle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.


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We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.

Mark Twain

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I have just said that I was pleasing, consequently half the road of temptation was already traversed, and it is the very essence of human nature that, in such cases, the other half should not remain untracked. For to tempt, and to be tempted, are things very nearly allied, and, in spite of the finest maxims of morality impressed upon the mind, whenever feeling has anything to do in the matter, no sooner is it excited than we have already gone vastly farther than we are aware of, and I have yet to learn how it is possible to prevent its being excited. Flight alone is, perhaps, the only remedy; but there are cases and circumstances in which flight becomes impossible, for how is it possible to fly, shun, or turn one's back in the midst of a court? The very attempt would give rise to remarks. Now, if you do not fly, there is nothing, it seems to me, so difficult as to escape from that which is essentially agreeable. All that can be said in opposition to it will appear but a prudery quite out of harmony with the natural instincts of the human heart; besides, no one holds his heart in his hand, tightening or relaxing his grasp of it at pleasure.

Catherine the Great

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... man is a strange being. Contemplating from a distance the dull life led by my parents, one would almost feel inclined to say to oneself: 'What could be better than that, seeing that in their existence one merely eats and drinks and knows oneself to be acting in a sane and regular manner?' Yet a man will still become depressed, and yearn for company, even though he may curse it when he has got it.

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
Fathers and Sons

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In the hands of a judicious man, a coward within his own limitations can be made fairly useful to anyone except himself.

William Faulkner
Light in August

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Is it not better to stay peacefully at home instead of roaming the world in search of better bread than is made of wheat, not to mention that many who go for wool come home shorn?

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Don Quixote

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If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.

John Steinbeck
In a letter to Adlai Stevenson who leaked it to Newsday magazine

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The night was filled with horrors, and he thought he knew how Christ must have felt as he walked through the world, like a psychiatrist through a ward full of nuts, like a victim through a prison full of thieves. What a welcome sight a leper must have been!

Joseph Heller
Catch 22

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What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye

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Under Capitalism, man exploits man. Whereas under Communism it is just the reverse.

Attributed to a Polish student by John Kenneth Galbraith

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