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"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him."

"Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."

"The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him, "What are you going through?""

"The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry."

"In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!"

"More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic."

"The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest."

"Humility is attentive patience."

"All sins are attempts to fill voids."

"Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention."

"To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself."

"Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it."

"To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life."

"It is an eternal obligation toward the human being not to let him suffer from hunger when one has a chance of coming to his assistance."

"I can, therefore I am."

"An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God."

"Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached."

"Beauty always promises, but never gives anything."

"To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves."

"The real stumbling-block of totalitarian rTgimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men's inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth."

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