Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
You don’t need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.
Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
Topics: Life and Living
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is at their heels.
A man who sees another man on the street corner with only a stump for an arm will be so shocked the first time he’ll give him sixpence. But the second time it’ll only be a three penny bit. And if he sees him a third time, he’ll have him cold-bloodedly handed over to the police.
Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
War is like love, it always finds a way.
Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the cunning to spread the truth among such persons.
Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
As regards obstacles, the shortest distance between two points can be a curve.
There must always be some who are brighter and some who are stupider. The latter make up for it by being better workers.
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