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Appearance
Engrave this Quote A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the fa?ade of his appearance.
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Art
Engrave this Quote Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
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Books
Engrave this Quote Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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Fantasy
Engrave this Quote But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
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Goodness
Engrave this Quote Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.
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Grief, Grieving
Engrave this Quote Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote Human affairs are not serious, but they have to be taken seriously.
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Judging, Judgment
Engrave this Quote People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
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Love
Engrave this Quote No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
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Engrave this Quote Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
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Engrave this Quote Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.
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Morals
Engrave this Quote Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth -- well, it's like brown -- it's not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
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People
Engrave this Quote He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
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Engrave this Quote In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.
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Present, the
Engrave this Quote We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.
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Pride
Engrave this Quote The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone's life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession.
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Reason
Engrave this Quote Perhaps misguided moral passion is better than confused indifference.
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Relationships
Engrave this Quote There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
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Engrave this Quote The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
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