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Rest, Leisure
Engrave this Quote It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.
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Satisfaction
Engrave this Quote In a land which is fully settled, most men must accept their local environment or try to change it by political means; only the exceptionally gifted or adventurous can leave to seek his fortune elsewhere. In America, on the other hand, to move on and make a fresh start somewhere else is still the normal reaction to dissatisfaction and failure.
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Science
Engrave this Quote When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
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Secrets
Engrave this Quote You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.
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Service
Engrave this Quote We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
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Sex
Engrave this Quote You have to see the sex act comically, as a child.
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Sight
Engrave this Quote The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
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-W. H. Auden, The Dyer's Hand, 1962
Sin
Engrave this Quote All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
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Singing
Engrave this Quote Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.
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Slavery
Engrave this Quote Slavery is so intolerable a condition that the slave can hardly escape deluding himself into thinking that he is choosing to obey his master's commands when, in fact, he is obliged to. Most slaves of habit suffer from this delusion and so do some writers, enslaved by an all too personal style.
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Smell (scent)
Engrave this Quote A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.
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Talent
Engrave this Quote It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in which direction to point that organ.
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Teaching
Engrave this Quote A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.
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Theater
Engrave this Quote Drama is based on the Mistake. I think someone is my friend when he really is my enemy, that I am free to marry a woman when in fact she is my mother, that this person is a chambermaid when it is a young nobleman in disguise, that this well-dressed young man is rich when he is really a penniless adventurer, or that if I do this such and such a result will follow when in fact it results in something very different. All good drama has two movements, first the making of the mistake, then the discovery that it was a mistake.
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Vanity
Engrave this Quote Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.
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Water
Engrave this Quote Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
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Work
Engrave this Quote In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it: they must not do too much of it: and they must have a sense of success in it --not a doubtful sense, such as needs some testimony of others for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather knowledge, that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it.
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Engrave this Quote A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
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