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Nothing is sadder than having worldly standards without worldly means.

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The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.

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The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses.

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Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.

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As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.

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If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?

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It is not that the French are not profound, but they all express themselves so well that we are led to take their geese for swans.

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The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me... by newspapers and the Bible.

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People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.

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Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.

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