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..
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.
The purpose of life is not to be happy, the purpose of life is to matter..
What's green, hangs on a wall and whistles?
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
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.
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.
Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.
Where there is too much, something is missing.
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.
If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.
Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle.
Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
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