Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face.
There were moments when he looked on evil simply as a mode through which he could realize his conception of the beautiful.
Each in his narrow cell forever laid, The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
Well you can't win the lottery if you don't have a ticket
But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins.
Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
There was purification in punishment. Not 'Forgive us our sins,' but 'Smite us for our iniquities' should be the prayer of a man to a most just God.
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
If you don't hit the target, you're never gonna score
I want to be good. I can't bear the idea of my soul being hideous.
Thin-lipped wisdom spoke at her from the worn chair, hinted at prudence, quoted from that book of cowardice whose author apes the name of common sense.
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.
Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
An artist should create beautiful things, but should put nothing of his own life into them.
Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful.
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written.
Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.
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