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A modest man is usually admired - if people ever hear of him.
It is the duty of Her Majesty's Government neither to flap nor to falter.
Speech may be barren; but it is ridiculous to suppose that silence is always brooding on a nestful of eggs.
When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter a swamp as a sacred place - a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature.
The best is the enemy of the good.
If we survive danger, it steels our courage more than anything else.
God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.
The possibility of war increases in direct proportion to the effectiveness of the instruments of war.
Tolerate the ... process of coming to knowledge or certainty or clarity through sometimes apparently hopeless thickets of confusion or bewilderment. Learn not to be surprised or disheartened by the muddle you inhabit, and not to press too soon for a superficial reprieve.
Long ago I understood that it wasn't merely my being a woman that was preventing my being welcomed into the world of what I long thought of as my peers. It was that I had succeeded in an undertaking few men have even attempted: I have become myself.
Get thee behind me, Satan.
Ultimately love is everything.
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
When the human mind exists in the light of reason and no more than reason, we may say with absolute certainty that Man and all that made him will be in that instant gone.
The destiny of man is in his own soul.
Fear is the fire that melts Icarian wings.
If all the year were playing holidays, To sport would be as tedious as to work.
Often greater risk is involved in postponement than in making a wrong decision.
Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief that does not find relief in music.


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