We see things as we are, not as they are.
I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all..
What's green, hangs on a wall and whistles?
Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
The purpose of life is not to be happy, the purpose of life is to matter..
I sometimes think there is a dimension beyond the four of experience and Einstein: insight, that fifth dimension which promises to liberate us from bondage to the long, imperfect past
The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that, perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.
The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make a difference that you lived at all-using the talents that God has given you for the betterment of others.
Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
You can learn much about life from a checker game: surrender one to take two; don't make two moves at one time; move up, not down; and when you reach the top, you may move as you like.
I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
If at first you don't succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong.
Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.
Words sing. They hurt. They teach. They sanctify. They were man's first, immeasurable feat of magic. They liberated us from ignorance and our barbarous past.
People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle.
A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.
Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
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