Only half of writing is saying what you mean. The other half is preventing people from reading what they expected you to mean.
Nothing important comes with instructions.
What is more yours than what always holds you back?
How often feelings are circular. How embarrassing to be embarrassed. How annoying to be annoyed.
I am not unambitious. I am just too ambitious for what you call ambitions.
I'm sitting here bored, ... trying to remember that everything is a complete mystery.
Happiness, like water, is always available, but so often it seems we'd prefer a different drink.
So many times I've made myself stupid with the fear of being outsmarted.
A belief is a question we have put aside so we can get on with what we believe we have to do.
The best way to know your faults is to notice which ones you accuse others of.
The happy and the suffering probably understand life equally well, but the sufferers may see a little more clearly how little it is that they understand.
When I am trying to write I turn on music so I can hear what is keeping me from hearing.
It's amazing that I sit at my job all day and no one sees me clearly enough to say What is that boy doing behind a desk?
Greater than the temptations of beauty are those of method.
The first abuse of power is not realizing that you have it.
The procrastinator dreads beginning, the workaholic, ending.
I aspire to know when best to walk or eat, which music I need, and how to keep myself sitting as I am now, stubbornly enraptured with doing practically nothing.
Seizing on a piece of business, I become tiny, eager, efficient: roiled water I cannot see into.
Beware of knowing your virtues; you may lose them. Beware of knowing your vices; you may forgive them.
To practice Sincerity is to burden everyone else with believing you.
To know, you just have to know. To believe, you have to make others believe.
Impatience is not wanting to understand that you don't understand.
The best way to get people to do what you want is not to be too particular about what you want.
Say too soon what you think and you will say what everyone else thinks.
The mind is like a well-endowed museum, only a small fraction of its holdings on view at any one time.
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