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All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.

Evil is neither suffering nor sin; it is both at the same time, it is something common to them both. For they are linked together; sin makes us suffer and suffering makes us evil, and this indissoluble complex of suffering and sin is the evil in which we are submerged against our will, and to our horror.
Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
Sighing that Nature formed but one such man, and broke the die.
Great people are meteors designed to burn so that the earth may be lighted.
The first element of greatness is fundamental humbleness (this should not be confused with servility); the second is freedom from self; the third is intrepid courage, which, taken in its widest interpretation, generally goes with truth; and the fourth --the power to love --although I have put it last, is the rarest.
There never was a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.
The essence of greatness is neglect of the self.
None think the great unhappy, but the great.
All my life I have always known I was born to greatness.
If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts.
Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. [Twelfth Night]
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.
No one ever became great by imitation.
After a fellow gets famous it does not take long for someone to bob up that used to sit next to him in school.
He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king
Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.
Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss.
The bastard! He doesn't exist!
I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
As the ostrich when pursued hideth his head, but forgetteth his body; so the fears of a coward expose him to danger.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
I reached in experience the nirvana which is unborn, unrivalled, secure from attachment, undecaying and unstained. This condition is indeed reached by me which is deep, difficult to see, difficult to understand, tranquil, excellent, beyond the reach of mere logic, subtle, and to be realized only by the wise.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
No three words have greater power than I Love You.
No more tears now; I will think upon revenge.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Don't get mad, get even.
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught.
Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.
Revenge is the act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice.
When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
I wept as I remembered how often you and I had tired the sun with talking and sent him down the sky.
When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.
Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.
Just vengeance does not call for punishment.
Pain pays the income of each precious thing.
The whore is despised by the hypocritical world because she has made a realistic assessment of her assets and does not have to rely on fraud to make a living. In an area of human relations where fraud is regular practice between the sexes, her honesty is regarded with a mocking wonder.
All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
One is very crazy when in love.
Where love rules, there is no will to power; where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain.
The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.
Pains of love be sweeter far than all the other pleasures are.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
The women who take husbands not out of love but out of greed, to get their bills paid, to get a fine house and clothes and jewels; the women who marry to get out of a tiresome job, or to get away from disagreeable relatives, or to avoid being called an old maid -- these are whores in everything but name. The only difference between them and my girls is that my girls gave a man his money's worth.
There is no more lively sensation than that of pain; its impressions are certain and dependable, they never deceive as may those of the pleasure women perpetually feign and almost never experience.
Evil being the root of mystery, pain is the root of knowledge.
Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.
Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.
Christianity has operated with an unmitigated arrogance and cruelty -- necessarily, since a religion ordinarily imposes on those who have discovered the true faith the spiritual duty of liberating the infidels.
How natural that the errors of the ancient should be handed down and, mixing with the principles and system which Christ taught, give to us an adulterated Christianity.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.
The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.
I know that two and two make four -- and should be glad to prove it too if I could -- though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure.
Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated.
The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
Everyone is like a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.
And the Devil did grin, for his darling sin is pride that apes humility.
There is this paradox in pride -- it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.
Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt.
I have never been contained except I made the prison
Punishing the prostitute promotes the rape of all women. When prostitution is a crime, the message conveyed is that women who are sexual are bad, and therefore legitimate victims of sexual assault. Sex becomes a weapon to be used by men.
A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
Human life in common is only made possible when a majority comes together which is stronger than any separate individual and which remains united against all separate individuals. The power of this community is then set up as right in opposition to the power of the individual, which is condemned as brute force.
Where id was, there shall ego be.
The most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness.
I do not think our successes can compete with those of Lourdes. There are so many more people who believe in the miracles of the Blessed Virgin than in the existence of the unconscious.
The time comes when each one of us has to give up as illusions the expectations which, in his youth, he pinned upon his fellow-men, and when he may learn how much difficulty and pain has been added to his life by their ill-will.
No one who has seen a baby sinking back satiated from the breast and falling asleep with flushed cheeks and a blissful smile can escape the reflection that this picture persists as a prototype of the expression of sexual satisfaction in later life.
What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
We must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavorable to the realization of complete satisfaction.
Sexual love is undoubtedly one of the chief things in life, and the union of mental and bodily satisfaction in the enjoyment of love is one of its culminating peaks. Apart from a few queer fanatics, all the world knows this and conducts its life accordingly; science alone is too delicate to admit it.
The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want?
Civilization is a process in the service of Eros, whose purpose is to combine single human individuals, and after that families, then races, peoples and nations, into one great unity, the unity of mankind. Why this has to happen, we do not know; the work of Eros is precisely this.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.
There is no more defiant denial of one man's ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to redeemed.
The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.
Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
The pious pretence that evil does not exist only makes it vague, enormous and menacing.
So far as we are human, what we do must be either evil or good: so far as we do evil or good, we are human: and it is better, in a paradoxical way, to do evil than to do nothing: at least we exist.
They that know no evil will suspect none.
What is worse than evil? The inability to bear it.
Only among people who think no evil can Evil monstrously flourish.
Of two evils, it is always best to vote for the least hypocritical.
There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless.
This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten.
If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.
It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create.
You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
She had already allowed her delectable lover to pluck that flower which, so different from the rose to which it is nevertheless sometimes compared, has not the same faculty of being reborn each spring.
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
When the fight begins within himself, a man's worth something.
Prudent, cautious self-control, is wisdom's root.
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
Sex is a short cut to everything.
The act of sex, gratifying as it may be, is God's joke on humanity. It is man's last desperate stand at superintendency.
Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.
I find it extraordinary that a straightforward if inelegant device for ensuring the survival of the species should involve human beings in such emotional turmoil. Does sex have to be taken so seriously?
Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.
Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
The more developed sexual passion, in both sexes, is very largely an emotion of power, domination, or appropriation. There is no state of feeling that says mine, mine, more fiercely.
Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.

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