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"There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive."

"A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed."

"It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor."

"To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question."

"Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented."

"The real persuaders are our appetites, our fears and above all our vanity. The skillful propagandist stirs and coaches these internal persuaders."

"It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents."

"Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story - a story that is basically without meaning or pattern."

"The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person."

"Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident."

"Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled."

"Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners."

"Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives."

"A man by himself is in bad company."

"Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know."

"Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do."

"It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate."

"The education explosion is producing a vast number of people who want to live significant, important lives but lack the ability to satisfy this craving for importance by individual achievement. The country is being swamped with nobodies who want to be somebodies."

"The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future."

"The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist."

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