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"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

"Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor."

"Don't forget to love yourself."

"Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward."
Experience

"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."

"Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays."
Religion

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself."

"Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom."

"Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer."

"It was completely fruitless to quarrel with the world, whereas the quarrel with oneself was occasionally fruitful and always, she had to admit, interesting."

"One can advise comfortably from a safe port."

"There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming."

"During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk."

"Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown."

"It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important."

"At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference."

"I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations - one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it - you will regret both."

"I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved."

"Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth - look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment."

"Old age realizes the dreams of youth: look at Dean Swift; in his youth he built an asylum for the insane, in his old age he was himself an inmate."

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