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Politics is the enemy of the imagination.

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One has to have the courage of one's pessimism.

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No one knows anything, really. It's all rented, or borrowed.

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This is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing.

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A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.

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When it's gone, you'll know what a gift love was. You'll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it.

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All she had needed was the certainty of his love, and his reassurance that there was no hurry when a lifetime lay ahead of them.

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It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.

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By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.

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It is not the first duty of the novelist to provide blueprints for insurrection, or uplifting tales of successful resistance for the benefit of the opposition. The naming of what is there is what is important.

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