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"I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for..."

"The best thing about animals is that they don't talk much."

"I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for."

"Literature is the orchestration of platitudes."

"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate."

"Marriage is a bribe to make the housekeeper think she's a householder."
Marriage

"For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?"

"Love is an energy which exists of itself. It is its own value."

"Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday."

"Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous."

"Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day."

"Those who are silent, self-effacing and attentive become the recipients of confidences."

"We do not choose the day of our birth nor may we choose the day of our death, yet choice is the sovereign faculty of the mind."

"The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children."
Nature

"A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference and a longer view and finds them incongruous. It dampens enthusiasm; it mocks hope; it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure. It recommends moderation."

"I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island."

"Many plays-certainly mine-are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them."

"A dramatist is one who believes that the pure event, an action involving human beings, is more arresting than any comment that can be made upon it."

"I am not interested in the ephemeral-such subjects as the adulteries of dentists. I am interested in those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of the millions."

"When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole."

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