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The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
[Forgiveness]
 

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
 

The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it.
 

The whole phrase about being saved the trouble of thinking is a boyish fallacy. Euclid does not save geometricians the trouble of thinking when he insists on absolute definitions and unalterable axioms. On the contrary, he gives them the great trouble of thinking logically. The dogma of the Church limits thought about as much as the dogma of the solar system limits physical science. It is not an arrest of thought, but a fertile basis and constant provocation of thought.
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The word "good" has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
 

Their is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
 

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
[Imagination]
 

There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.
 

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
 

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
[Enemies]
 

There is at the back of every artist's mind, a pattern or type of Architecture.
 

There is but an inch of difference between a cushioned chamber and a padded cell.
 

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.
 

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.
 

There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.
[Goals]
 

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
 

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it.
 

To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it.
[Money]
 

To be simple is the best thing in the world.
[Simplicity]
 

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
 


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