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Quote Left It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate. Quote Right
Quote Left There is a ''sanctity'' involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it. Quote Right
Quote Left The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black. Quote Right
Quote Left The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love. Quote Right
Quote Left The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers. Quote Right
Quote Left The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone. Quote Right
Quote Left Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. Quote Right
Quote Left I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. Quote Right
Quote Left If you're afraid to die, you will not be able to live. Quote Right
Quote Left Beyond talent lie all the usual words discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance. Quote Right
Quote Left The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. Quote Right
Quote Left We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours. Quote Right
Quote Left The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment. Quote Right
Quote Left People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. Quote Right
Quote Left It is a very rare man who does not victimize the helpless. Quote Right
Quote Left It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind. Quote Right
Quote Left I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. Quote Right
Quote Left People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. Quote Right
Quote Left People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead. Quote Right
Quote Left You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way ... people look at reality, then you can change it. Quote Right
Quote Left To defend one's self against fear is simply to ensure that one will, one day, be conquered by it fears must be faced. Quote Right
Quote Left Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didnt have it and thought of other things if you did. Quote Right
Quote Left No one can possibly know what is about to happen it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time. Quote Right
Quote Left Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self, in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned. This trust in one's nakedness is all that gives one the power to change one's robes. Quote Right
Quote Left The price one pays for pursuing a profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. Quote Right
Quote Left The price we pay when pursuing any art or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. Quote Right
Quote Left Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need a sense of life's possibilities. Quote Right
Quote Left Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced. Quote Right
Quote Left Freedom is not something that anybody can be given Freedom is something that people take and people are as free as they want to be. Quote Right
Quote Left The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. Quote Right