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Quote Left Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity . . . any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about dong it right, or better. Quote Right
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Quote Left A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. Quote Right
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Quote Left America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews. Quote Right
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Quote Left Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself. Quote Right
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Quote Left The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you. Quote Right
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Quote Left Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. Quote Right
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Quote Left Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. Quote Right
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Quote Left School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you. Quote Right
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Quote Left Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn. Quote Right
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Quote Left Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better. Quote Right
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Quote Left Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better. Quote Right
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Quote Left I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone. Quote Right
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Quote Left Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solicitude is the enemy of well-being. Quote Right
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Quote Left In asking forgiveness of women for our mythologizing of their bodies, for being unreal about them, we can only appeal to their own sexuality, which is different but not basically different, perhaps, from our own. For women, too, there seems to be that tangle of supplication and possessiveness, that descent toward infantile undifferentiation, that omnipotent helplessness, that merger with the cosmic mother-warmth, that flushed pulse-quickened leap into overestimation, projection, general mix-up. Quote Right
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Quote Left America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy Quote Right
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Quote Left What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. Quote Right
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Quote Left The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it. Quote Right
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Quote Left Lawrence had done it in a way, and Joyce. But I think it's an important thing to do now and then, to describe the sex act as our descent, or adventure, into a primordial or strange world, having very little to do with how we look in suits or what our educations have been. It's a well of darkness, as it were, that leaves you refreshed. Quote Right
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Quote Left Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner. Quote Right
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Quote Left Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. Quote Right
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Quote Left That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real suc... Quote Right
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Quote Left It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle. Quote Right
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Quote Left If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and earning money. Quote Right
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Quote Left There are times when fear is good It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain. Quote Right
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