Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.
Minor vices lead to major ones, but minor virtues stay put.
Few novels or plays could exist without at least one troublemaker in the group, and perhaps life couldn’t either.
We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty.
Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had. … .
Without enthusiasm, virtue functions not at all, and vice only poorly.
True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.
Men prefer brief praise, pitched high; women are satisfied with praise in a lower key, just so it goes on and on.
Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Topics: Change, Value
Love is often gentle, desire always a rage.
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