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An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There's a punishment for it, and it's usually crucifixion.

An unbelieved truth can hurt a man much more than a lie. It takes great courage to back truth unacceptable to our times. There's a punishment for it, and it's usually crucifixion.


         

He's got a can up there, ' Richard said.

He's got a can up there, ' Richard said.


         


What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.


         

The bank - the monster has to have profits all the time. It can't wait. It'll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can't stay one size.

The bank - the monster has to have profits all the time. It can't wait. It'll die. No, taxes go on. When the monster stops growing, it dies. It can't stay one size.


         


Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow.

Henry liked fun and avoided when he could any solemn or serious matter, for he confused these with sorrow.


         

Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' I thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know nobody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.

Don't you love Jesus?' Well, I thought an' I thought an' finally I says, 'No, I don't know nobody name' Jesus. I know a bunch of stories, but I only love people.


         

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.

It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.


         

Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?

Can you honestly love a dishonest thing?


         

Timshel - thou mayest

Timshel - thou mayest


         

Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man.

Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man.


         

There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.

There's more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.


         


Guys like us got nothing to look ahead to.

Guys like us got nothing to look ahead to.


         

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.


         

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.


         

You are one of the rare people who can separate your observation from your preconception. You see what is, where most people see what they expect.

You are one of the rare people who can separate your observation from your preconception. You see what is, where most people see what they expect.


         

The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.

The design of a book is the pattern of a reality controlled and shaped by the mind of a writer.


         

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.

If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.


         

What pillow can one have like a good conscience?

What pillow can one have like a good conscience?


         

Suddenly he knew joy and sorrow felted into one fabric. Courage and fear were one thing too.

Suddenly he knew joy and sorrow felted into one fabric. Courage and fear were one thing too.


         

... you can't start with a democracy. You have to work up through stuff like tyranny and monarchy first. That way people are so relived when they get to democracy that they hang on to it.

... you can't start with a democracy. You have to work up through stuff like tyranny and monarchy first. That way people are so relived when they get to democracy that they hang on to it.