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Quote Left Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. Quote Right
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Quote Left Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair. Quote Right
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Quote Left I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern. Quote Right
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Quote Left Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through? Quote Right
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Quote Left Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. Quote Right
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Quote Left I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of 'Admin.' The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid 'dens of crime' that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern. Quote Right
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Quote Left Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. Quote Right
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Quote Left Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. Quote Right
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Quote Left Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. Quote Right
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Quote Left No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. Quote Right
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Quote Left No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear. Quote Right
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Quote Left God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. Quote Right
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Quote Left I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. Quote Right
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Quote Left A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered. Quote Right
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Quote Left Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... it has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival. Quote Right
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Quote Left It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. Quote Right
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Quote Left I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen. Quote Right
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Quote Left Badness is only spoiled goodness. Quote Right
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Quote Left No one ever told me grief felt so much like fear. Quote Right
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Quote Left Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes. Quote Right
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Quote Left Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good. Quote Right
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Quote Left If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalist for the same reasons. Quote Right
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Quote Left ...we sacrifice other species to our own not because our own has any objective metaphysical privilege over others, but simply because it is ours. It may be very natural to have this loyalty to our own species, but let us hear no more from the naturalists about the "sentimentality" of anti-vivisectionists. If loyalty to our own species--preference for man simply because we are men--is not sentiment, then what is? Quote Right
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Quote Left A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. Quote Right
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Quote Left There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. Quote Right
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Quote Left I believe Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. Quote Right
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Quote Left Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.... Quote Right
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Quote Left She's the sort of woman who lives for others -- you can tell the others by their hunted expression. Quote Right
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Quote Left Dualism is a truncated metaphysic Quote Right
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Quote Left And Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man's best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them, in drumming of fingers and kicking of heels, in whistling tunes that he does not like, or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off. Quote Right
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