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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut, that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.

Tags: Against, Alive, Necessary

There are moments when a man's imagination, so easily subdued to what it lives in, suddenly rises above its daily level and surveys the long windings of destiny.

Tags: Daily, Destiny, Lives

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Tags: Inspirational, Light, Mirror

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.

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Beware of monotony; it's the mother of all the deadly sins.

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My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet.

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Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.

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The air of ideas is the only air worth breathing.

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After all, one knows one's weak points so well, that it's rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.

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I don't know if I should care for a man who made life easy; I should want someone who made it interesting.

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True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

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I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.

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Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.

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When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

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In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

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Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.

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A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.

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Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.

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He had to deal all at once with the packed regrets and stifled memories of an inarticulate lifetime.

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I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.

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Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.

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Old age, calm, expanded, broad with the haughty breadth of the universe, old age flowing free with the delicious near-by freedom of death.

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The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.

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The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.

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The worst of doing one's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else.

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To be able to look life in the face: that's worth living in a garret for, isn't it?

Tags: Able, Life, Living

What's the use of making mysteries? It only makes people want to nose 'em out.

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