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It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.

    Topics: Ignorance

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

    Topics: Inspiration

The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.

    Topics: Liberty

Whatever else may be said of man, this one thing is clear: He is not what he is capable of being.

    Topics: Life

The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.

    Topics: Life

Gullibility is the key to all adventures. The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.

    Topics: Life

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

    Topics: Life

It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.

    Topics: Life, Laughter

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.

    Topics: Life

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

    Topics: Life

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.

    Topics: Life, Men

New roads; new ruts.

    Topics: Life, Humorous

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