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All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
 

By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.
 

For every five well-adjusted and smoothly functioning Americans, there are two who never had the chance to discover themselves. It may well be because they have never been alone with themselves.
 

Generosity with strings is not generosity: it is a deal.
[Helping Other People]
 

I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power not only to reflect but to mold society.
 

If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
 

In aid, the proper attitude is one omitting gratitude.
 

In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.
[Self Confidence]
 

Is there no end to this escalation of desire?
[Forgiveness]
 

It is not enough to show people how to live better: there is a mandate for any group with enormous powers of communication to show people how to be better.
 

It is privilege of living to be ... acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.
 

It's never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere.
[Helping Other People]
 

Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.
 

Money is not an aphrodisiac: the desire it may kindle in the female eye is more for the cash than the carrier.
 

One is as one is, and the love that can't encompass both is a poor sort of love.
[Forgiveness]
 

The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.
 

The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
 

The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.
 

The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.
[Positive]
 

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control their emotions by the application of reason.
[Intelligence]
 


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