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"It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression." Make picture quote!
"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities." Make picture quote!
"It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents." Make picture quote!
"It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn." Make picture quote!
"It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents." Make picture quote!
"It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny." Make picture quote!
"It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men." Make picture quote!
"Take away hatred from some people, and you have men without faith." Make picture quote!
"It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words." Make picture quote!
"It is not actual suffering but the taste of better things which excites people to revolt." Make picture quote!
"It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate." Make picture quote!
"Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves." Make picture quote!
"Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something." Make picture quote!
"Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength." Make picture quote!
"Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless." Make picture quote!
"Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself." Make picture quote!
"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature." Make picture quote!
"Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation." Make picture quote!
"Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice." Make picture quote!
"Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are." Make picture quote!
"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them." Make picture quote!
"Facts are counterrevolutionary." Make picture quote!
"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life." Make picture quote!
"Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." Make picture quote!
"I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind." Make picture quote!
"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." Make picture quote!
"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." Make picture quote!
"It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it." Make picture quote!
"It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living." Make picture quote!
"It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak." Make picture quote!
"It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor." Make picture quote!
"It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind." Make picture quote!
"Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem." Make picture quote!
"Sometimes we feel the loss of a prejudice as a loss of vigor." Make picture quote!
"Self-esteem and self-contempt have specific odors; they can be smelled." Make picture quote!
"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves." Make picture quote!
"Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind." Make picture quote!
"Social improvement is attained more readily by a concern with the quality of results than with the purity of motives." Make picture quote!
"Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake." Make picture quote!
"Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners." Make picture quote!
"Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect." Make picture quote!
"One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action." Make picture quote!
"Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing." Make picture quote!
"Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there." Make picture quote!
"Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from." Make picture quote!
"Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart." Make picture quote!
"It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence." Make picture quote!
"We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails." Make picture quote!
"To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question." Make picture quote!
"There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house." Make picture quote!
"We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams." Make picture quote!
"We can be absolutely certain only about things we do not understand." Make picture quote!
"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents." Make picture quote!
"We are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about." Make picture quote!
"We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends." Make picture quote!
"To the old, the new is usually bad news." Make picture quote!
"We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind." Make picture quote!
"To know a person's religion we need not listen to his profession of faith but must find his brand of intolerance." Make picture quote!
"To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are." Make picture quote!
"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true." Make picture quote!
"There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other." Make picture quote!
"There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his." Make picture quote!
"There is probably an element of malice in our readiness to overestimate people - we are, as it were, laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size." Make picture quote!
"Unpredictability, too, can become monotonous." Make picture quote!
"When we believe ourselves in possession of the only truth, we are likely to be indifferent to common everyday truths." Make picture quote!
"We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious." Make picture quote!
"Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent." Make picture quote!
"You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy." Make picture quote!
"With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves." Make picture quote!
"Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains." Make picture quote!
"We feel free when we escape - even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire." Make picture quote!
"Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play." Make picture quote!
"Wise living consists perhaps less in acquiring good habits than in acquiring as few habits as possible." Make picture quote!
"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other." Make picture quote!
"When people are bored it is primarily with themselves." Make picture quote!
"When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are without number both from among the weak and the strong; it easily becomes a fashion." Make picture quote!
"What greater reassurance can the weak have than that they are like anyone else?" Make picture quote!
"We used to think that revolutions are the cause of change. Actually it is the other way around: change prepares the ground for revolution." Make picture quote!
"Where everything is possible miracles become commonplaces, but the familiar ceases to be self-evident." Make picture quote!
"A man by himself is in bad company." Make picture quote!
"The beginning of thought is in disagreement - not only with others but also with ourselves." Make picture quote!
"Children are the keys of paradise." Make picture quote!
"Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love." Make picture quote!
"Animals often strike us as passionate machines." Make picture quote!
"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head." Make picture quote!
"The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully." Make picture quote!
"A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come." Make picture quote!
"A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority." Make picture quote!
"A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor." Make picture quote!
"A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed." Make picture quote!
"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." Make picture quote!
"There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive." Make picture quote!
"Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat." Make picture quote!
"The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity." Make picture quote!
"There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet." Make picture quote!
"The world leans on us. When we sag, the whole world seems to droop." Make picture quote!
"The weakness of a soul is proportionate to the number of truths that must be kept from it." Make picture quote!
"The suspicious mind believes more than it doubts. It believes in a formidable and ineradicable evil lurking in every person." Make picture quote!
"Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership." Make picture quote!
"The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets." Make picture quote!
"The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything." Make picture quote!
"The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves." Make picture quote!
"The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody." Make picture quote!
"The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist." Make picture quote!
"The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself." Make picture quote!
"The greatest weariness comes from work not done." Make picture quote!
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." Make picture quote!
"The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future." Make picture quote!
"The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness." Make picture quote!
"Marriage has for women many equivalents of joining a mass movement. It offers them a new purpose in life, a new future and a new identity (a new name). The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from" Make picture quote!
"Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny." Make picture quote!
"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults." Make picture quote!
"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength." Make picture quote!
"The rule seems to be that those who find no difficulty in deceiving themselves are easily deceived by others. They are easily persuaded and led." Make picture quote!
"To make of human affairs a coherent, precise, predictable whole one must ignore or suppress man as he really is. It is by eliminating man from their equation that the makers of history can predict the future, and the writers of history can give a pattern" Make picture quote!

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