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The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.
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Love is always being given where it is not required.
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Nonsense and beauty have close connections.
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At the side of the everlasting why, is a yes, and a yes, and a yes.
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Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don't believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art's sake.
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Unless we remember we cannot understand.
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Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.
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Think before you speak is criticism's motto; speak before you think, creation's.
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Ideas are fatal to caste.
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We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
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One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
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What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
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Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.
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I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
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Only a struggle twists sentimentality and lust together into love.
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Most quarrels are inevitable at the time; incredible afterwards.
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Very notable was his distinction between coarseness and vulgarity, coarseness, revealing something; vulgarity, concealing something.
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If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.
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To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way.
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A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
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