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"In a real dark night of the soul, it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day."

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
Intelligence

"Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero."

"It takes a genius to whine appealingly."

"First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you."

"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over."

"Strange is it not? That of the myriads who before us pass'd the Doorof darkness through, not one returns to tell us of the road, whichto discover, we must travel to."

"Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material."

"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind."

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

"Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you."

"Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane... There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions."

"An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards."

"The victor belongs to the spoils."

"A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big."

"Forgotten is forgiven."

"It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did."

"Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores."

"Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow."

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