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Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree,it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.
Depression is rage spread thin.
To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.
The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principals to trifles.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
The loftiest edifices need the deepest foundations.
Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.
Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
The family is an early expedient and in many ways irrational. If the race had developed a special sexless class to be nurses, pedagogues, and slaves, like the workers among ants and bees, then the family would have been unnecessary. Such a division of labor would doubtless have involved evils of its own, but it would have obviated some drags and vexations proper to the family.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.
The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.
The human mind is not rich enough to drive many horses abreast and wants one general scheme, under which it strives to bring everything.
There is nothing to which men, while they have food and drink, cannot reconcile themselves.
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
Habit is stronger than reason.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.
Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.
The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
Nothing can be meaner than the anxiety to live on, to live on anyhow and in any shape; a spirit with any honor is not willing to live except in its own way, and a spirit with any wisdom is not over-eager to live at all.
The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality. The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.
Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.
There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.
The little word is has its tragedies: it marries and identifies different things with the greatest innocence; and yet no two are ever identical, and if therein lies the charm of wedding them and calling them one, therein too lies the danger.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.
It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases.
Sanity is madness put to good use.
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.
America is a young country with an old mentality.
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
Oaths are the fossils of piety.
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.


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