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"The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness."

"Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something."

"It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents."

"No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are."

"Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play."

"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other."

"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them."

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."

"The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity."

"The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical athiest but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a God or not."

"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind."

"It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak."

"A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come."

"The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody."

"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life."

"We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves."

"Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are."

"Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing."

"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature."

"Old age equalizes - we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world."

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