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"A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy."


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"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the wills freedom after it."


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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."


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"A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor."


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"A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one it comes as sincerely from the authors soul."


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"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."


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"What with making their way and enjoying what they have won heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes - ah they have all the necessary leisure."


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"All gods are homemade and it is we who pull their strings and so give them the power to pull ours."


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"The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do when it has to be done whether you like it or not."


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"The worst enemy of life freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy their second worst enemy is total efficiency."


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"Experience teaches only the teachable."


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"Like every other good thing in this world leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately however it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay."


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"From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history) men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn."


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"Like every man of sense and good feeling I abominate work."


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"Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history."


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"Words words words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time ones never in contact with things only with the beastly words that stand for them."


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"The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own."


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"The impulse to cruelty is in many people almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous."


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"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all ones life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than try to be a little kinder."


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"Experience is not what happens to you its what you do with what happens to you."


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"Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself to multiply the ways in which he exists to make his life full significant and interesting."


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"What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood."


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"What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera."


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"Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself."


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"Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power."


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"To his dog every man is Napoleon hence the constant popularity of dogs."


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"That all men are equal is a proposition to which at ordinary times no sane human being has ever given his assent."


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"The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that from age to age nothing changes and yet everything is completely different."


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"Great is truth but still greater from a practical point of view is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations."


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"The finest works of art are precious among other reasons because they make it possible for us to know if only imperfectly and for a little while what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly."


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"I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself."


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"We are all geniuses up to the age of ten."


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"Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded in certain circles as a kind of hallmark of true science."


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"An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie."


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"Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs."


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"There isnt any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done."


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"Happiness is a hard master particularly other peoples happiness."


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"Hell isnt merely paved with good intentions its walled and roofed with them. Yes and furnished too."


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"Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor for their curiosity their intolerance of shams the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision."


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"Science has explained nothing the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness."


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"God isnt compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness."


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"Beauty is worse than wine it intoxicates both the holder and beholder."


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"De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history."


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"Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art a scientific theory a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image."


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"Dream in a pragmatic way."


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"Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers."


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"There is something curiously boring about somebody elses happiness."


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"The more powerful and original a mind the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude."


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"Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors."


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"Uncontrolled the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength."


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"Perhaps its good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if hes happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art after all but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?"


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"You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. Its one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love so much less costly in emotional wear and tear."


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"Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them."


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"Its with bad sentiments that one makes good novels."


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"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad."


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"It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth goodness and beauty are one. In the morning when they commit their discovery to paper when others read it written there it looks wholly ridiculous."


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"People intoxicate themselves with work so they wont see how they really are."


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"One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able vicariously to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat whats more with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous."


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"Consistency is contrary to nature contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead."


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"Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom when it comes not merely philosophically but almost with pleasure."


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"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age which mean never losing your enthusiasm."


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"Cynical realism is the intelligent mans best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."


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"Theres only one effectively redemptive sacrifice the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God."


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"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."


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"Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying."


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"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable."


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"Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards."


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