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Born: 1941-05-19
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.

Tags: Crazy, Fine, Sure

Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.

Tags: Feelings, Men, True

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.

Tags: Life, Mother, Understand

In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.

Tags: Mind, Nobody, Sex

I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.

Tags: Try, Women, Write

I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive.

Tags: Difficulty, Fascinated, Offensive

I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech.

Tags: Acceptance, Care, Writing

The desire to get married, which - I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women - is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge - which is to be single again.

Tags: Alone, Single, Women

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Tags: Life, Possible, Start

As far as the men who are running for president are concerned, they aren't even people I would date.

Tags: Far, Men, President

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.

Tags: Book, Cut, Last

My mother was a good recreational cook, but what she basically believed about cooking was that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.

Tags: Good, Mother, Someone

With any child entering adolescence, one hunts for signs of health, is desperate for the smallest indication that the child's problems will never be important enough for a television movie.

Tags: Enough, Health, Problems

What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.

Tags: Hard, Mother, Someone

Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.

Tags: Cool, Pretend, Summer

What will happen to sex after liberation? Frankly, I don't know. It is a great mystery to all of us.

Tags: Great, Happen, Sex

Whenever I get married, I start buying Gourmet magazine.

Tags: Married, Start, Whenever

If you wish to be a writer, write.

Tags: Communication, Wish, Write

If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible.

Tags: Become, Truth, Victory

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.

Tags: Adorn, Yourself

Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.

Tags: Keep, Silence, Speak

It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting.

Tags: Insulting, Insults, Opinion

It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.

Tags: Impossible, Knows, Learn

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.

Tags: Greatest, Moderation, Please

Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire.

Tags: Desire, Freedom, Full

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

Tags: Lies, Philosophy, Words
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Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.

Tags: Hope, Life, Single

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

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No great thing is created suddenly.

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The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Tags: Greater, Reputation, Storms

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee.

Tags: Control, Passions, Thy

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.

Tags: Freedom, Wish

God has entrusted me with myself.

Tags: Entrusted, God

If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.

Tags: Believing, Desire, Good

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.

Tags: Death, Fear, Pain

The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.

Tags: Aside, Knows, Pass

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.

Tags: Easy, Show, Tell

One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.

Tags: Desires, Excellent, Themselves

No man is free who is not master of himself.

Tags: Free, Himself, Master

We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope.

Tags: Hope, Life, Ship

Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly.

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Silence is safer than speech.

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The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.

Tags: Bearing, Opinion, Wise

Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.

Tags: Angry, Evil, Present

He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk.

Tags: Drunk, Though, Three

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

Tags: Disturbed, Men, View

Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.

Tags: Difficult, Success, Training

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.

Tags: Heaven, Practice, Yourself

There is nothing good or evil save in the will.

Tags: Evil, Good, Save

Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.

Tags: Place, Religion, Unless

Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.

Tags: Though, Unhappy, Wealth

You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself.

Tags: Issue, May, Yourself

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.

Tags: Happiness, Peace, Whatever

No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.

Tags: Desire, Tell, Time

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.

Tags: Great, Tell, Time

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?

Tags: Child, Lost, Wife

We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free.

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The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

Tags: Best, Keep, Motivational

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

Tags: Beyond, Happiness, Power

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

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Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.

Tags: Hope, Rather, Rich

When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.

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We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

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It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Tags: Happens, Matters, React

It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.

Tags: Good, Health, Heart

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.

Tags: Communication, Learn, Speak

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Tags: Grieve, Rejoices, Wise

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

Tags: Foolish, Stupid, Thought

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Tags: Few, Finance, Great

Only the educated are free.

Tags: Educated, Free, Motivational

All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way.

Tags: Heaven, Religions, Tolerated

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

Tags: Nature, Wisdom, Wise

People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.

Tags: Disturbed, View

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.

Tags: Show

If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.

Tags: Evil, True, Yourself

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

Tags: Best, Power, Rest

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.

Tags: Happiness, Philosophy, Possible

Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.

Tags: Bring, Wish, Wishes

If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.

Tags: Brother, Remember, Thy

To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

Tags: Education, Nor, Others

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.

Tags: Character, Imagination, Yourself

Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else.

Tags: Else, Freedom, Wish

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.

Tags: Confidence, Friends, Help

There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men.

Tags: Between, Justice, Men

You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

Tags: Courage, Happy, Relationship

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Tags: Hope, Once, Remember

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.

Tags: Confidence, Friendship, Help

If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.

Tags: Evil, God, Men

Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.

Tags: Abundance, Enjoy

Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.

Tags: Death, Here, Longer

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.

Tags: Friendship, Happy, Wisdom

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.

Tags: Gods, Himself, Power

I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.

Tags: Approve, Cater, Crowd

It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.

Tags: Fear, Free, Rich

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.

Tags: Art, Dying, Living

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.

Tags: Enough, Whom

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

Tags: Away, Desires, Happy

A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.

Tags: Cannot, Free, Life

I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.

Tags: Far, Knew, Learn

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.

Tags: Glory, Greater, History
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