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I have named the destroyers of nations: comfort, plenty, and security - out of which grow a bored and slothful cynicism, in which rebellion against the world as it is, and myself as I am, are submerged in listless self-satisfaction.
If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.
A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success.
A man on a horse is spiritually as well as physically bigger than a man on foot.
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
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