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A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
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Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
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Back in the East you can't do much without the right papers, but with the right papers you can do anything The believe in papers. Papers are power.
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Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
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Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end?
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Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
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From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
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Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.
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Good things, when short, are twice as good.
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I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
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I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
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If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music... and of aviation.
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If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
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If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.
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It is better of course to know useless things than to know nothing.
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It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
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It is not hard to understand modern art. If it hangs on a wall it's a painting, and if you can walk around it it's a sculpture.
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It's better to be quotable than to be honest.
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It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting.
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James Joyce - an essentially private man who wished his total indifference to public notice to be universally recognized.
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Life in a box is better than no life at all... I expect.
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Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet you wouldn't take it.
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Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.
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My whole life is waiting for the questions to which I have prepared answers.
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My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when I had to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful.
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Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them.
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Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.
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Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
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The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.
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The days of the digital watch are numbered.
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The House of Lords, an illusion to which I have never been able to subscribe - responsibility without power, the prerogative of the eunuch throughout the ages.
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The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.
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We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style.
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We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
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We're actors. We're the opposite of people.
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What a fine persecution - to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened.
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