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This is a hard and precarious world, where every mistake and infirmity must be paid in full.

How glorious it is -- and also how painful -- to be an exception.
Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or highroad to the soul's destination.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are -- more humane.
The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Was it always in my nature to take a bad time and block out the good times, until any success becomes an accident and failure seemed the only truth?
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
Here there is no hope, and consequently no duty, no work, nothing to be gained by praying, nothing to be lost by doing what you like. Hell, in short, is a place where you have nothing to do but amuse yourself.
People have the power to redeem the work of fools.
The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers, of families: read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life: re-examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).
I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.

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