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There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.
Hate is a lack of imagination.
Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt
Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.
A single feat of daring can alter the whole conception of what is possible.
Sweet are the thoughts that savor of content: the quiet mind is richer than a crown.
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In human relationships, kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
Hate is an automatic response to fear, for fear humiliates.
You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.
It's a strange thing to discover and to believe that you are loved when you know that there is nothing in you for anybody but a parent or a God to love.
Insecurity twists meanings and poisons trust. In a closely beleaguered city every sentry is a potential traitor.
In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!
Success is more dangerous than failure, the ripples break over a wider coastline.
The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
In the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship.
Of two hearts one is always warm and one is always cold: the cold heart is more precious than diamonds: the warm heart has no value and is thrown away.
He was impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance.
Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
Champagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector.
...every monologue sooner or later becomes a discussion.
One can't love humanity. One can only love people.
When we are not sure, we are alive.
At one with the One, it didn't mean a thing besides a glass of Guinness on a sunny day.
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
As long as nothing happens anything is possible.
Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
I can't talk you in terms of time --your time and my time are different
Sometimes I see myself reflected too closely in other men for comfort, and then I have an enormous wish to believe in the saints, in heroic virtue.
Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance.
Politics, war, marriage, crime, adultery. Everything that exists in the world has something to do with money.
A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit.
Human nature is not black and white but black and grey.
So it always is: when you escape to a desert the silence shouts in your ear.
Indifference and pride look very much alike, and he probably thought I was proud.
I had to touch you with my hands, I had to taste you with my tongue; one can't love and do nothing.
Friendship is something in the soul. It is a thing one feels. It is not a return for something.
Eternity is said not to be an extension of time but an absence of time.
There's a virtue in slowness, which we have lost
Innocence is a kind of insanity
Pity is cruel. Pity destroys.
Despair is the price one pays for setting himself an impossible aim.
If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?
The hands of the guilty don't necessarily tremble; only in stories does a dropped glass betray agitation. Tension is more often shown in the studied action.
Thought's a luxury. Do you think the peasant sits and thinks of God and Democracy when he gets inside his mud hut at night?
I hate you, God. I hate you as though you actually exist.