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By Anonym 15 Sep

Phyllis Bottome

Things that happen, however painful they are at the time, do not matter very much for long. Only how we behave to them matters.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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it is the possibilities which are the most terrible things in life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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it is better in the long run to be cheated than to cheat. I have learned that there is no middle way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Morale is not a single instinct. It has many ingredients. A sense of personal responsibility, the natural courage of an individual, the amount of his acquired self-discipline -- and above all his interest in others -- these together make up the spirit of morale.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Phyllis Bottome

Some of us cling to our curses if we haven't anything better to cling to!

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Curiosity is the only thing that really carries through time, isn't it? The creative curiosity, I mean, which fights its way into expression?

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is a very dangerous thing to have an idea that you will not practice.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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To be a Jew is to be strong with a strength that has outlived persecutions. It is to be wise against ignorance, honest against piracy, harmless against evil, kind against cruelty

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Human beings don't show, any more than cities at dusk, their real necessities! And yet if you looked -- past the circle of outside lights, through the street walls still standing -- into the want and emptiness within!

By Anonym 13 Sep

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A man whose every exertion is bent upon showing up the flaws in his wife's character must be at least partially responsible for some of them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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... not being liked has a certain virtue about it, if the reason for the dislike does not lie in yourself!

By Anonym 13 Sep

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death ... is not a great affair! Think - it happens once only - to each of us - as birth does. What do you know about being born? that - and no more - will you know about the act of death.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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To see a shadow and think it is a tree that is a pity; but to see a tree and to think it a shadow can be fatal.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Neither saints nor angels have ever increased my faith in this enigma Life; but what are called 'common men and women' have increased it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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A desire that has never been fulfilled is considerably less acute than one that has been fulfilled and then checked at the source.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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This is the real tragedy of mankind, that until now the spirit of man has not been able to free itself, even along the path of its own development, from the tentacles of self-deception.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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That a Jew is despised or persecuted is bad for him, of course-but far worse for the Christian who does it-for although persecuted he can remain a good Jew-whereas no Christian who persecutes can possibly remain-if he ever was one-a good Christian.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If money had been the way to save the world, Christ himself would have been rich.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The two best subjects for conversation are talking shop and making love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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It is you men who make war! ... We, who have children, would never make it! Why should a woman be broken up in pain, to give her child life, only to see him carried away from her, to make food for guns?

By Anonym 13 Sep

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If one has one cow, it is always better not to be too familiar with those who have seven.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Anger is like mild, it should not be kept too long.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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All persecution is a sign of fear; for if we did not fear the power of an opinion different from our own, we should not mind others holding it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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There's nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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if you listen long enough - or is it deep enough? - the silence of a lover can speak plainer than any words! Only you must know how to listen. Pain must have taught you how.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Phyllis Bottome

When lightning strikes, the mouse is sometimes burned with the farm.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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all daughters, even when most aggravated by their mothers, have a secret respect for them. They believe perhaps that they can do everything better than their mothers can, and many things they can do better, but they have not yet lived long enough to be sure how successfully they will meet the major emergencies of life, which lie, sometimes quite creditably, behind their mothers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Knowledge cannot be changed, but the use to which it may be put can very easily be changed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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When a reserved person once begins to talk, nothing can stop him; and he does not want to have to listen, until he has quite finished his unfamiliar exertion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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In my early life, and probably even today, it is not sufficiently understood that a child's education should include at least a rudimentary grasp of religion, sex, and money. Without a basic knowledge of these three primary facts in a normal human being's life --subjects which stir the emotions, create events and opportunities, and if they do not wholly decide must greatly influence an individual's personality --no human being's education can have a safe foundation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Truth is no man's slave - but lies - what magnificent servants they make.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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I wonder how often not the intention but the desire springs up in a doctor's mind: 'Can I let this human being out of the trap of Life?

By Anonym 14 Sep

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She believed in letting children have a certain amount of rope, and only intervened at the last moment, in order to prevent their hanging themselves by it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Curses are children of hate; they belong to the wrong family! Prayers are better than curses!

By Anonym 14 Sep

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... most people are dead, and none of them seem to mind it. One hears a great many complaints about life, doesn't one? And there are people I know who would certainly grumble -- however dead they were -- if there were anything to grumble at.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Time indeed has very little to do with living except at its beginning or near its end.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Love comes into your being like a tidal wave ... sometimes it withdraws like a wave, till there isn't such a thing as a pool left, and every bit of your heart is as dry as seaweed beyond the wave's reach.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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No emergency excuses you from exercising tolerance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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Death deceives relations often, and doctors sometimes, but the patient - never.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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Where there is laughter there is always more health than sickness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

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Luck enters into every contingency. You are a fool if you forget it -- and a greater fool if you count upon it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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The only creative power I know is that of what might roughly be called 'love'; not of course a sentimental love: a far more impersonal and less individual emotion. I sometimes think that migratory birds may have it for each other. They fly in the same direction, and have never been seen to interfere with each other's flights.

By Anonym 13 Sep

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hurt vanity is one of the cruelest of mortal wounds.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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We do good by ourselves, but we seldom do wrong alone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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There is no thermometer for wants!

By Anonym 15 Sep

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... what most people tell you a confidence for is to get something off their chest which hasn't really been on it. They don't necessarily want to hide the truth from you, but they're out to hide it from themselves

By Anonym 14 Sep

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People who talk of new lives believe there will be no new troubles.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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with courage a human being is safe enough. And without it - he is never for one instant safe!