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Quote Left After the bare requisites of living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. He leaves his proof on wood, on stone, or on the lives of other people. This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy who scribbles on a wall to the Buddha who etches his image in the race mind. Life is so unreal. I think that we seriously doubt that we exist and go about trying to prove that we do. Quote Right
Quote Left The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the town lets wither a time and die. Quote Right
Quote Left When the time for recognition of service to the nation in wartime comes to be considered, Bob Hope should be high on the list. This man drives himself and is driven. It is impossible to see how he can do so much, can cover so much ground, can work so hard, and can be so effective. He works month after month at a pace that would kill most people. Quote Right
Quote Left In every bit of honest writing in the world, there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. Quote Right
Quote Left I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. Quote Right
Quote Left I know three things will never be believed-the true, the probable, and the logical. Quote Right
Quote Left Most people live ninety percent in the past, seven percent in the present, and that only leaves three percent for the future. Quote Right
Quote Left Got a lot of sinful ideas. But they seem kinda sensible. Quote Right
Quote Left I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything. Quote Right
Quote Left No one is more carnal than a recent virgin Quote Right
Quote Left The fields were fruitful and starving men moved on the roads. The granaries were full and the children of the poor grew up rachitic. Quote Right
Quote Left Somewhere in the world there is defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat add victory. Quote Right
Quote Left We find that after years of struggle we do not take a journey, but rather a journey takes us. Quote Right
Quote Left Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments. Quote Right
Quote Left I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts. Quote Right
Quote Left I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security - out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction Quote Right
Quote Left Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. Quote Right
Quote Left If you're in trouble, or hurt or need -- go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help -- the only ones. Quote Right
Quote Left American cities are like badger holes ringed with trash Quote Right
Quote Left Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. Quote Right
Quote Left Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat. Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars. Quote Right
Quote Left It would be absurd if we did not understand both angels and devils, since we invented them. Quote Right
Quote Left Lord, how the day passes! It's like a life--so quickly when we don't watch it, and so slowly if we do. Quote Right
Quote Left I know this--a man got to do what he got to do. Quote Right
Quote Left It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thoughts or action we should remember our dying and try so to live, that our death brings no pleasure on the world. Quote Right
Quote Left Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. Quote Right
Quote Left He is so stupid you can't trust him with an idea. Quote Right
Quote Left No one wants advice -- only corroboration. Quote Right
Quote Left When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents and influence, and genius, if he dies unloved his life must be a failure to him and dying a cold horror. It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world. Quote Right
Quote Left Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms. Quote Right