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We live at the edge of the miraculous.
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Actors die so loud.
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All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
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An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
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Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness.
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And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?
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Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
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Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
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Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
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Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
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Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
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Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
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Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
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Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
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Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
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Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
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Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.
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Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
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I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
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I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.
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I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
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I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.
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If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
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If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
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If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
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Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
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In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
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In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.
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In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act, not the actor.
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In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
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Instead of asking 'How much damage will the work in question bring about?' why not ask 'How much good? How much joy?'
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It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.
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It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.
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It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world - it's the American way of looking at things.
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Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.
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Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
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Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life's ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.
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Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
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Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination.
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Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.
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Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything except his own nature.
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Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines - these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
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Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
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No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
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No matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that, but man's front embraces the whole universe.
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Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.
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One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
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One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.
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One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.
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One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
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