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"Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America - that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement."

"At the outset, at least, all three groups had something else to recommend them, as well: They were headquartered 3,000 miles away from the East Side of Manhattan."

"What is it that makes a man willing to sit up on top of an enormous Roman candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse?"

"If a man has talent and can't use it, he's failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know."

"A cult is a religion with no political power."

"The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion."

"The surest cure for vanity is loneliness."

"Is not this the true romantic feeling - not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?"

"In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death."

"We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past."

"The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened."

"Making the world safe for hypocrisy."

"The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it."

"One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years."

"There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves."

"Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores."

"Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs."

"Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best."

"It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved."

"A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested."

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