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Quote Left This is the generation whose first cry of life was the Hungarian uprising. Quote Right
Quote Left Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy? Quote Right
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
Quote Left What should I say about life? That it's long and abhors transparence. Quote Right
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
Quote Left The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed. Quote Right
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
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
Quote Left Life-the way it really is-is a battle not between Bad and Good but between Bad and Worse. Quote Right
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
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
Quote Left How delightful to find a friend in everyone. Quote Right

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