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The age of the book is almost gone.

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Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.

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Words that are saturated with lies or atrocity, do not easily resume life.

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To many men... the miasma of peace seems more suffocating than the bracing air of war.

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There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.

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The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.

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The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.

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It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.

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A chess genius is a human being who focuses vast, little-understood mental gifts and labors on an ultimately trivial human enterprise.

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The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event, every individual and social configuration but the honing is uniform.

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