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"A string of excited fugitive miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment when the picture of ones life or of human life as it truly has been or is satisfies the will and is gladly accepted."


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"A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption it is not a symbol but a fraud."


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"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval."


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"Each religion by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny."


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"Language is like money without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt but cannot be reduced to a common denominator."


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"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."


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"The degree in which a poets imagination dominates reality is in the end the exact measure of his importance and dignity."


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"The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate they are green and vigorous in old age."


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"Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions but empiricism has sworn never to draw them."


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"Wisdom comes by disillusionment."


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"It is veneer rouge aestheticism art museums new theaters etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football kindness and jazz bands."


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"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."


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"That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject."


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"I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads."


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"Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment."


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"It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss volatile spirits prefer unhappiness."


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"Society is like the air necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on."


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"Knowledge is recognition of something absent it is a salutation not an embrace."


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"Almost every wise saying has an opposite one no less wise to balance it."


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"For a man who has done his natural duty death is as natural as sleep."


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"Knowledge is not eating and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent it is a salutation not an embrace."


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"Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are."


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"The truth is cruel but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it."


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"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence to recreate it in the eternal."


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"The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy."


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"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity the courage to live by grace."


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"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality."


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"When men and women agree it is only in their conclusions their reasons are always different."


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"Graphic design is the paradise of individuality eccentricity heresy abnormality hobbies and humors."


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"The dreamer can know no truth not even about his dream except by awaking out of it."


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"Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another people are friends in spots."


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"The word experience is like a shrapnel shell and bursts into a thousand meanings."


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"Only the dead have seen the end of the war."


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"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."


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"The family is one of natures masterpieces."


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"We must welcome the future remembering that soon it will be the past and we must respect the past remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible."


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"Friends are generally of the same sex for when men and women agree it is only in the conclusions their reasons are always different."


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"By natures kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a mans power to answer do not occur to him at all."


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"To delight in war is a merit in the soldier a dangerous quality in the captain and a positive crime in the statesman."


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"The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian unless the latter too be lovers in disguise."


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"Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others."


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"Many possessions if they do not make a man better are at least expected to make his children happier and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions."


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"Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character."


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"To me it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography."


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"The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art."


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"The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas."


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"It is possible to be a master in false philosophy easier in fact than to be a master in the truth because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases."


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"Music is essentially useless as is life."


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"History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who werent there."


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"An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world."


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"Bid then the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine."


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"Ones friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human."


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"Do not have evil-doers for friends do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends have for friends the best of men."


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"Wealth religion military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth."


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"Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings without attaching them to events or objects in the world."


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