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Forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable, faith means believing the unbelievable, and hoping means to hope when things are hopeless.
[Forgiveness]
 

From time to time, as we all know, a sect appears in our midst announcing that the world will very soon come to an end. Generally, by some slight confusion or miscalculation, it is the sect that comes to an end.
 

Half a truth is better than no politics.
 

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.
[Happiness]
 

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.
[Happiness]
 

He who lives in the future lives in a featureless blank; he lives in impersonality; he lives in Nirvana. The past is democratic, because it is a people. The future is despotic, because it is a caprice. Every man is alone in his prediction, just as each man is alone in a dream.
[The Future]
 

Heights were made to be looked at, not to be looked from.
 

His horror is wild, but it is a sane horror.
 

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate.
[Hope]
 

Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless.
 

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
 

I am not absent-minded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.
 

I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
 

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
[Action]
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I had always believed that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician...I had always felt life first as a story; and if there is a story there is a storyteller.
 

I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
 

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.
[Sports]
 

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
 

I still believe in liberalism today as much as I ever did, but, oh, there was a happy time when I believed in liberals...
 

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.
 


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