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Acceptance
Everything in life depends on how that life accepts its limits.
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-James Baldwin
America
Engrave this Quote Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the battle field.
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Anger
Engrave this Quote Rage cannot be hidden, it can only be dissembled. This dissembling deludes the thoughtless, and strengthens rage and adds, to rage, contempt.
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Art
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.
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Engrave this Quote Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.
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Belief
Engrave this Quote Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them, one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
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Engrave this Quote We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.
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Career, Vocation
Engrave this Quote The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an immediate knowledge of its ugly side.
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Change
Engrave this Quote Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
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Engrave this Quote Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
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Engrave this Quote People can cry much easier than they can change.
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Charity
Engrave this Quote It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.
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Children
Engrave this Quote There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.
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Engrave this Quote Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
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Christianity
Engrave this Quote Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.
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Conformity & Nonconformity
Engrave this Quote The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
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Control
Engrave this Quote He may be a very nice man. But I haven't got the time to figure that out. All I know is, he's got a uniform and a gun and I have to relate to him that way. That's the only way to relate to him because one of us may have to die.
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Death
Engrave this Quote Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.
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Desires
Engrave this Quote Be careful what you set your heart upon -- for it will surely be yours.
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Education
Engrave this Quote The paradox of education is precisely this -- that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.
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Engrave this Quote It is very nearly impossible... to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.
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Engrave this Quote A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
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Enthusiasm
Engrave this Quote Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
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