Knowledge is the greatest of all the things that
sanctify a person.
Truth shall set you free.
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a
Ripeness is all.
God does not play dices.
With earth's first clay they did the last man knead,
I have noticed even people who claim everything is
predestined and that we can do nothing to change it look before they
cross the road.
In my beginning is my end.
And this, too, shall pass away.
I don't apologize for things. I'm sorry, but that's
just the way I am.
Life is what is happening to you while you are busy
Love is a friendship set on fire.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no
poetry in money either.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live
the life you have imagined.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world as it
is; the unreasonable man tries to change the world to what he wants
it to be. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
If you settle for less than you deserve, you get even
less than you settle for.
I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make
mistakes. I am out of control and at times, hard to handle. But if
you can't handle me at my worst, you sure as hell don't deserve me
at my best.
All the right things are written in books and
research papers; the trick is to ensure that there is no gap between
what is written in the books and your vision.
Every day, do one thing that scares you.
If beauty isn't genius it usually signals at least a
high level of animal cunning.
Teaching is hard. Changing the world is hard.
Becoming a free woman is hard. Pulling free from the shadow of your
parents is hard. Finding true love is hard. Writing is hard. All of
the things that are worth doing are difficult to do. That is the
whole point. The hard stuff teaches you discipline & patience &
clarity & courage & confidence & humility. The hard stuff forces you
to question what you believe and why you believe it and how you are
going to incorporate those beliefs into what you do every single
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know
how soon it will be too late.
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might
be the only sunshine he sees all day.
If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have
the worst kind of heart trouble.
I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little
impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable
infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t
The radical invents the views. When he has worn them
out the conservative adopts them.
If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me.
You can't have everything... where would you put it?
May those who love us love us,
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy
is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life
through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that
enables you to laugh at life's realities.
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of
imagination all compact.
Get over the idea that only children should spend
their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have
something to learn, and this will mean all your life.
Learn as much as you can while you are young, since
life becomes too busy later.
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm,
but willing to draw blood in its defense.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took
to avoid it.
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write
"very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as
it should be.
Give the world the best you have, and the best will
come back to you.
What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the
morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants
Talent alone won't make you a success. Neither will
being in the right place at the right time unless you are ready. The
most important question is are you ready?
Dance as if nobody is watching, work as if you need no money, love as if you have never been hurt.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
Life is a series of painful days, and the last one kills you.
Love has it's time, season, and own reasons. You can't ask it to stay; you can only embrace it as it comes and be glad for a moment in your life it was yours.
I walk in the rain so that nobody can see my tears.
Today is the last day of some of your life.
Take with you nothing except photographs; leave behind nothing except footmarks.
Happiness often walks through the doors you never knew you left opened.
Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don’t.
If you love someone, set him free. If he ever comes back, he's yours; if he doesn't, he never was yours in the first place.
You don't just stop feeling something for someone because you start feeling something for someone else.
Use it or lose it.
Nothing is impossible—even the word “impossible” says “I ’m possible.”
The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.
Who says nothing is impossible. I've been doing nothing for years.
I've built a wall not to block anyone out but to see who loves me enough to climb over it.
I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself whether the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj (freedom) for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
The roots of violence are wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principles.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
God has no religion.
It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
I believe in the fundamental truth of all the great religions of the world. I believe that they are all God given. I came to the conclusion long ago that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them.
Faith must be reinforced by reason.
The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
My imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as are my successes and my talents, and I lay them both at his feet.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but
not every man's greed.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them.
You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result.
We must always seek to ally ourselves with that part of the enemy that knows what is right.
I don't teach you any oughts. I don't say to you be this, become that. My whole teaching is simply this: whatsoever you are, accept it so totally that nothing is left to be achieved.
The ordinary society is like a paperweight on you: it won't allow you to fly.
Truth needs great effort, discovery, risk, and it needs you to walk alone on a path that nobody has travelled before.
Tantra says there is nobody above you whom you have to follow, through whom you have to get your pattern.
Tantra accepts everything, lives everything. That's why tantra never could become a very accepted ideology. It always remained a fringe ideology.
Accept everything as it is.
All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: "Be—don't try to become." Within these two words—"being" and "becoming"—your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
Just before twenty-first March, 1953, seven days before, I stopped working on myself. A moment comes when you see the whole futility of effort. You have done all that you can do and nothing is happening. You have done all that is humanly possible. Then what else can you do? In sheer helplessness one drops all search. And the day the search stopped, the day I was not seeking for something, the day I was not expecting something to happen, it started happening. A new energy arose out of nowhere. It was not coming from any source. It was coming from nowhere and everywhere. It was in the trees and in the rocks and the sky and the sun and the air—it was everywhere. And I was seeking so hard, and I was thinking it is very far away. And it was so near and so close.
Only with freedom can this garden of humanity be a rich place.
The eternal beauty is here and now, not in heaven.
Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy.
When I am gone, I hope there may still be courageous people in the world to criticize me so that I don't become a hindrance on anybody's path. And those who will criticize me, will not be my enemies; neither am I the enemy of those whom I have criticized. The working of the enlightened masters just has to be understood.
After a hundred years people will be perfectly able to understand why I was misunderstood.
The longer a person has been dead the greater is the tradition ... If Buddha is alive you can barely tolerate him. ... You cannot believe this man has known the ultimate, because he looks just like you ... Hungry—he needs food; sleepy—he wants a bed; ill—he has to rest, just like you ... That is why Jesus is worshipped now and yet he was crucified when he was alive. Alive—you crucify him; dead—you worship him.
Whenever I meet prostitutes, they never speak of sex.
They inquire about the soul and about God. I also meet many ascetics
and monks, and whenever we are alone, they ask about nothing but
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven't recognized yet.
Some stories, you use up. Others use you up.
The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.
Your birth is a mistake you'll spend your whole life trying to correct.
Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.
The only difference between martyrdom and suicide really is press coverage.
It's only in drugs or death that we experience anything new and death is just too controlling.
Since change is constant, you wonder if people crave death because it is the only way they can really get anything finished.
The only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet that someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.
If death meant leaving the stage long enough just to change costumes and become a new character, would you speed up? Or slow down?
As soon as we become boring we die.
We have no scar to show from happiness. We learn so little from peace.
We'll never be as young as we are tonight.
Beauty is power like money is power like a gun is power.
After long enough, everyone in the world will become your enemy.
Your handwriting, the way you walk, which pattern you chose—it's all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand. Everything is a self-portrait. Everything is a diary. Leonardo's Mona Lisa is just a thousand smears of paint. Michelangelo's David is just a million hits with a hammer. We're all of us a million bits put together the right way.
That's the American Dream: to make your life into something you can sell.
When we don't know who to hate, we hate ourselves.
The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Unless some effective world supergovernment for the purpose of preventing war can be set up ... the prospects for peace and human progress are dark ....If .... it is found possible to build a world organization of irresistible force and inviolable authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits to the blessings which all men enjoy and share.
What is the use of living if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
The world looks with some awe upon a man who appears unconcernedly indifferent to home, money, comfort, rank, or even power and fame. The world feels not without a certain apprehension, that here is some one outside its jurisdiction; someone before whom its allurements may be spread in vain; some one strangely enfranchised, untamed, untrammelled —convention, moving independent of the ordinary currents of human action.
And wherever men are fighting against barbarism, tyranny, and massacre, for freedom, law, and honour, let them remember that the fame of their deeds, even though they themselves be exterminated, may perhaps be celebrated as long as the world rolls round.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.
To improve is to change. To be perfect is to change often.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
I had been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who got drunk.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.' We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, —sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.
The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted —odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War —their prowess and —their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed —so many to so few. All hearts go out to the fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day; but we must never forget that all the time, night after night, month after month, our bomber squadrons travel far into Germany, find their targets in the darkness —the highest navigational skill, aim their attacks, often under the heaviest fire, often with serious loss, with deliberate careful discrimination, and inflict shattering blows upon the whole of the technical and war-making structure of the Nazi power.
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire... Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down.
Goodnight then: sleep to gather strength for the
morning. For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the
brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious
upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn. Vive la France!
Long live also the forward march of the common people in all the
lands towards their just and true inheritance, and towards the
broader and fuller age.
Never believe any war will be smooth and easy or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events… incompetent or arrogant commanders, untrustworthy allies, hostile neutrals, malignant fortune, ugly surprise, awful miscalculations.... Always remember, however sure you are that you could easily win, that there would not be a war if the other man did not think he also had a chance.
Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: good will.
The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.
We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.
Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
You might however consider whether you should not unfold as a background the great privilege of habeas corpus and trial —jury, which are the supreme protection invented —the English people for ordinary individuals against the state. The power of the Executive to cast a man in prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government, whether Nazi or Communist.
When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticise or attack the government of my own country. I make up for lost time when I come home.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
A love of tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril; but the new view must come, the world must roll forward.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a
shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
When we reflect upon the brutal vices of these salt-water bandits, pirates as shameful as any whom the sea has borne, or recoil from their villainous destruction and cruel deeds, we must also remember the discipline, the fortitude, the comradeship and martial virtues which made them at this period beyond all challenge the most formidable and daring race in the world. (On The Vikings, Vol I; The Birth of Britain)
Life is a sexually transmitted disease.
There is a great deal of pain in life and perhaps the only pain that can be avoided is the pain that comes from trying to avoid pain.
Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.
We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
He who knows best knows how little he knows.
On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
Experience has shown that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have in time and —slow operations perverted it into tyranny.
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
I am of a sect —myself, as far as I know.
I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.
Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?
I suppose I have a really loose interpretation of ''work,'' because I think that just being alive is so much work at something you don't always want to do. The machinery is always going, even when you sleep.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get
tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
Don't let the fear of the time it will take to
accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time
will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the
best possible use.
The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by
violence but by oft falling.
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have
to do is keep on walking.
I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was
People are always blaming their circumstances for
what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get
on in this world are the people who get up and look for the
circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a
hundred closed doors.
If one dream should fall and break into a thousand
pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin
Keep on going, and the chances are that you will
stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I
never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble
that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and
you will find you have crossed the mountain.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in
rising up every time we fail.
Seven times, stand up eight.
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but
the ability to start over.
Most of the important things in the world have been
accomplised by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to
be no hope at all.
One may go a long way after one is tired.
The road to success is dotted with many tempting
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on
after others have let go.
With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance,
all things are attainable.
You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep
trying to do the beat you can every day.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and
Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than
of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own
gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less
noise it makes.
It is far more impressive when others discover your
good qualities without your help.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small
It is well to remember that the entire population of
the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
There are a billion people in China. It's not easy to
be an individual in a crowd of more than a billion people. Think of
it: more than a billion people. That means even if you're a
one-in-a-million type of guy, there are still a thousand guys
exactly like you.
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of
It is always the secure who are humble.
In all that surrounds him the egotist sees only the
frame of his own portrait.
Some people are born on third base and go through
life thinking they hit a triple.
When someone sings his own praises, he always gets
the tune too high.
None are so empty as those who are full of
Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be
surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to
Don't be yourself—be someone a little nicer.
Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?
The important thing is not how important you are but
how important you make me feel.
When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
I don't do drugs. I am drugs.
Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with
I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had
problems with the police.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the
narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.
I never found the words to say, you're the one I think about each day.
Do I really love him or am I addicted to the pain of wanting something I can't have?
I don't know what it is really, but sometimes it takes everything in me to not reach out and run my fingers through your hair or turn around and hug you when you are least expecting it.
I don't know if I like you or love you, want you or need you: all I know is I love the feeling I get when I'm near you.
Do you ever wish you could just freeze one second and put it into a box, and like jump into it and stay there forever. I do right now. In fact, I do every time I'm with you.
I wanna be the one, he points to when all his friends are around and says, "That's her."
Sometimes I wonder what you think of me or whether you do at all.
You don't know what you mean to me, you don't have a clue, you can't tell by looking at me what I feel for you.
When you thought I was in love with him, you were so wrong, baby, I was loving you.
I sit here and wonder if you'll ever understand just how much of me belongs to you.
I wish you could hear all the words I'm too afraid to say.
Look into my eyes for one moment, and then you will realize how much you mean to me.
Frustrated because I can't tell if it's real. Mad because I don't know how you feel. Upset because we can't make it right. Sad because I need you day and night. Angry because you won't take my hand. Aggravated because you don't understand. Disappointed because we can't be together. But still I'll love you forever.
I'd rather be your lover then your friend, but I'd rather be your friend than your nobody.
Sometimes the one love you can't get over is the one love you never really had.
I never knew it would be this hard to lose someone I never truly had.
I've learned that there are people that truly love you, but they just don't know how to show it.
I don't know about him, but I understand doing something you know you shouldn't be doing and knowing at the same time it's not wrong.
She remembered once hearing a song that said the first person you fell in love with stole your heart. The first person you made love with stole your soul. And if these were one and the same, you were damned.
Even if you take yourself away from the person who holds you fast, if that person still thinks you are his, you always will be.
Three months ago, if you asked me, I would have told you that if you really loved someone, you'd let them go. But now I look at you, and I dream about her, and I see that I've been wrong. If you really love someone, I think you have to take them back.
She remembered how terrified she had been on their wedding night. It wasn't the sex; they had gotten that out of the way. It was the fact that once they left the reception and got back to the inn, it hit her that she was really going to spend the rest of her life with him. She was scared of the next evening and the next and the one after that, of the faith they would have to put in each other, of the overwhelming fact that they were at the bare beginning and they had so very far to go.
On her wedding night, she'd picked a fight with him. He had done something eminently forgivable—he'd torn her stocking while trying to get it down her leg—and she'd started crying. She yelled that he hadn't been thinking, he hadn't been careful, and what kind of omen was that? And he, always level-headed, always a hero, had held her until she stopped trying to get free and had kissed her until she believed that if you only concentrated on the here and now, tomorrow didn't so much matter.
The first night had been something he would never be able to put into words. Making love with her was a bit like waking up one morning to discover the color green. You saw it in the grass and the trees and the road signs and you could not imagine that you had spent so many years of your life in the absence of this hue, which seemed to make the rest of the world fall into place.
He understood for the first time how if you believed you belonged to someone, no piece of paper or priest's benediction could make it any more real.
He turned her around to face him. 'So,' he said, and it was a question. But to her, the word sounded like a beginning. 'So,' she answered slowly, and she set them free.
You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride.
I don't know why they call it heartbreak. It feels
like every other part of my body is broken too.
What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely
Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole
world seems depopulated.
I hate the day, because it lendeth light
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world,
which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and
falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a
bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
As soon as forever is through, I'll be over you.
It breaks your heart when people you know become
people you knew, when you can walk right past someone as if they
were never a huge part of your life. You used to be able to talk for
hours on the phone and now you can't even look each other in the
damn eye. It completely breaks your heart to know good things
change. And there's nothing you can do about it.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with
regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the
ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If
you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody
said it'd be easy. They just promised it'd be worth it.
The only people you need in your life are the ones
that need you in theirs.
There comes a time in life when you have to let go of
all the pointless drama and the people who create it, and surround
yourself with people who make you laugh so hard you forget the bad,
and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be
anything but happy.
You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even
months over-analyzing a situation, trying to put the pieces
together, justifying what could've, would've happened, or you can
just leave the pieces on the floor and move…on.
I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so
that you can appreciate them when they're right. You believe lies so
you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes
good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I
believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when
everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are
the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I
believe in miracles."
There comes a point in your life when you realize who
matters, who never did, who won't anymore, and who always will. So
don't worry about people from your past. There's a reason why they
didn't make it to your future.
I hope that one day, years from now, we'll meet up
again, and I hope when you see me you will think ‘Wow, I can't
believe I let someone so amazing out of my life.’
Imagine that the key to happiness is following your
own intuition instead of other people's opinions and advice
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything
that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against
the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of
Many people fear nothing more terribly than to take a
position which stands out sharply and clearly from the prevailing
opinion. The tendency of most is to adopt a view that is so
ambiguous that it will include everything and so popular that it
will include everybody. Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble
ideas hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different.
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