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Words are one thing, deeds are quite another.

Ivan Bunin

The great fault of the American nation, which is the fault of republics, is the reduction of everything to the average. Our universities are simply the expression of the forces that are operating outside. We are business colleges purely and simply, because we as a nation have only one ideal—the business ideal.

Owen Johnson

Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.

Rupert Brooke

The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.

André Breton

Hope is the greatest madness. What can we expect of a world that we enter with the assurance of seeing our fathers and mothers die? A world where, if two beings love each other and give their lives to each other, both can be sure that one will watch the other perish?

Alfred de Vigny

Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.

Arthur Koestler

The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions.

Alan Paton

It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live. Alexandre Dumas

We have all been expelled from the Garden, but the ones who suffer most in exile are those who are still permitted to dream of perfection.

Stanley Kunitz

How often we sit weeping — you
and I — over the life we lead!
My friends, if you only knew
the darkness of the days ahead!

Alexander Blok