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Quote Left This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising. Quote Right
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Quote Left What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life-the way it really is-is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse. Quote Right
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Quote Left No matter under what circumstances you leave it, home does not cease to be home. No matter how you lived there-well or poorly. Quote Right
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Quote Left I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change-within himself, not on the outside. Quote Right
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Quote Left Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy? Quote Right
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Quote Left An unemployed existence is a worse negation of life than death itself. Quote Right
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Quote Left The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed. Quote Right
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Quote Left After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life. Quote Right
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Quote Left The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even-if you will-eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with. Quote Right
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Quote Left Towns are full of people, houses full of tenants, hotels full of guests, trains full of travelers, caf?s full of customers, parks full of promenaders, consulting-rooms of famous doctors full of patients, theatres full of spectators, and beaches full of bathers. What previously was, in general, no problem, now begins to be an everyday one, namely, to find room. Quote Right
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Quote Left How delightful to find a friend in everyone. Quote Right
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Quote Left The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. Quote Right
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Quote Left It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union. I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot. Quote Right
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Quote Left The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail. Quote Right
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Quote Left In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will. Quote Right
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Quote Left Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly. Quote Right
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Quote Left For aesthetics is the mother of ethics. Were we to choose our leaders on the basis of their reading experience and not their political programs, there would be much less grief on earth. I believe-not empirically, alas, but only theoretically-that for someone who has read a lot of Dickens to shoot his like in the name of an idea is harder than for someone who has read no Dickens. Quote Right
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Quote Left We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving. Quote Right
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Quote Left I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself. Quote Right
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Quote Left Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. Quote Right
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Quote Left A revolution does not last more than fifteen years, the period which coincides with the flourishing of a generation. Quote Right
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Quote Left Every intellectual effort sets us apart from the commonplace, and leads us by hidden and difficult paths to secluded spots where we find ourselves amid unaccustomed thoughts. Quote Right
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Quote Left Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity. Quote Right
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Quote Left We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. Quote Right
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