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We pay for security with boredom, for adventure with bother.
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Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation - the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.

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Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.

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What people believe is a measure of what they suffer.

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Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.

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Life is a zoo in a jungle

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We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.

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I made a tentative conclusion. It seemed from all of this that uppermost among human joys is the negative one of restoration: not going to the stars, but learning that one may stay where one is.

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A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetric-ally once, and by car forever after.

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Why is the awfulness of families such a popular reason for starting another?

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The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music.

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Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter.

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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

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When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.

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You believe what you must in order to stave off the conviction that it's all a tale told by an idiot

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I believe that man must learn to live without those consolations called religious, which is own intelligence must by now have told him belong to the childhood of the race. Philosophy can really give us nothing permanent to believe either; it is too rich in answers, each canceling out the rest. The quest for Meaning is foredoomed. Human life 'means' nothing. But this is not to say that it is not worth living. What does a Debussy Arabesque 'mean,' or a rainbow or a rose? A man delights in all of these, knowing himself to be no more
a wisp of music and a haze of dreams dissolving against the sun. Man has only his own two feet to stand on, his own human trinity to see him through: Reason, Courage, and Grace. And the first plus the second equals the third.

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I am not impressed by big words,' said my uncle, who was always read enough to bandy 'predestination' and 'infralapsarianism.

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Every novel should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

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I suppose I shall marry eventually One does that, one drifts into stability

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Look at it this way: Psychoanalysis is a permanent fad.

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Man is vile, I know, but people are wonderful.

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A politician is a man who can be verbose in fewer words than anyone else.

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Sex in marriage is like medicine. Three times a day for the first week. Then once a day for another week. Then once every three or four days till the condition clears up.

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How do you expect mankind to be happy in pairs when it is miserable separately?

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