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Born: 1915-06-24
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.

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The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient's hopes are the physician's secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.

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A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.

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A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas - a place where history comes to life.

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Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.

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The only security for the American people today, or for any people, is to be found through the control of force rather than the use of force.

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We will not have peace by afterthought.

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Where is the indignation about the fact that the US and USSR have thirty thousand pounds of destructive force for every human being in the world?

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If the United Nations is to survive, those who represent it must bolster it; those who advocate it must submit to it; and those who believe in it must fight for it.

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Just as there is no loss of basic energy in the universe, so no thought or action is without its effects, present or ultimate, seen or unseen, felt or unfelt.

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The way a book is read, which is to say, the qualities a reader brings to a book can have as much to do with its worth as anything the author puts into it.

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Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

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The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives - the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of other men in yourself.

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It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.

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A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.

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Life is an adventure in forgiveness.

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People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams.

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Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.

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He who keeps his cool best wins.

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If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.

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Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.

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Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis - once that crisis can be recognized and understood.

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History is a vast early warning system.

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The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

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My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.

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Cynicism is intellectual treason.

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The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.

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Laughter is inner jogging.

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The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.

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Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.

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The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.

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Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.

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Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.

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It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.

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What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.

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Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.

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