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?
So many times I've made myself stupid with the fear of being outsmarted.
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.
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?
Those who are too slow to be intelligent deserve our patience, those who are too quick, our pity.
On what is valuable thieves and the law agree.
Think of all the smart people made stupid by flaws of character. The finest watch isn't fine long when used as a hammer.
The first abuse of power is not realizing that you have it.
Greater than the temptations of beauty are those of method.
Seizing on a piece of business, I become tiny, eager, efficient: roiled water I cannot see into.
Happiness is the readiness to be happy.
Judging itself brings the pain of being judged. The wicked judge mistakes this for another crime of the accused and lengthens his sentence.
Envy is ashamed of itself. If it weren't hanging back, it would go all the way to emulation and love.
Reason is the lesser faith that steers us when we have already lost a greater one.
Easier to keep changing your life than to live it.
If you do more than your share you'd better want to: otherwise, you're paying yourself in a currency recognized nowhere else.
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