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"There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue."

"The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal."
Politics

"In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two."
Love

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"
Love

"We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake."
Dreams

"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality."

"A vast sector of modern advertising... does not appeal to reason but to emotion; like any other kind of hypnoid suggestion, it tries to impress its objects emotionally and then make them submit intellectually."

"Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies."
Life

"Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age?"
Education

"Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought."

"In the 19th century inhumanity meant cruelty; in the 20th century it means schizoid self-alienation."

"One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often."

"Both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves. If we do not understand the language in which they are written, we miss a great deal of what we know and tell ourselves in those hours when we are not busy manipulating the outside world."

"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."

"If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to all others, his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment, or an enlarged egotism."

"Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much."

"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science."

"The only truly affluent are those who do not want more than they have."

"To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime."

"The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity."

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