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It is not marriage that fails; it is people that fail. All that marriage does is to show them up.

    Topics: Marriage

Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world-making the most of one's best.

    Topics: Patience, Self-pity

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

    Topics: Perseverance, Discipline

We cannot all be great, but we can always attach ourselves to something that is great.

    Topics: Perseverance

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things.

    Topics: Prayer

Preaching is personal counseling on a group basis.

    Topics: Preaching

A person wrapped up in himself makes a small package.

    Topics: Pride

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.

    Topics: Reasoning

We settle things by a majority vote, and the psychological effect of doing that is to create the impression that the majority is probably right. Of course, on any fine issue the majority is sure to be wrong. Think of taking a majority vote on the best music. Jazz would win over Chopin. Or on the best novel. Many cheap scribblers would win over Tolstoy. And any day a prizefight will get a bigger crowd, larger gate receipts and wider newspaper publicity than any new revelation of goodness, truth or beauty could hope to achieve in a century.

    Topics: Reasoning, Music

There need not be in religion, or music, or art, or love, or goodness, anything that is against reason; but never while the sun shines will we get great religion, or music, or art, or love, or goodness, without going beyond reason.

    Topics: Reasoning, Music

Religion is not a burden, not a weight, it is wings.

    Topics: Religion

Nothing in human life, least of all in religion, is ever right until it is beautiful.

    Topics: Religion, Beauty

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