The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.
I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you’re important and nice, but you take second place all the same.
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
Jealousy is the most dreadfully involuntary of all sins.
No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
Moralistic is not moral. And as for truth—well, it’s like brown—it’s not in the spectrum. Truth is so generic.
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
Topics: Religion, Churches
Anything that consoles is fake.
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship.
Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge.
Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.
We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
The sin of pride may be a small or a great thing in someone’s life, and hurt vanity a passing pinprick, or a self-destroying or ever murderous obsession.
Being good is just a matter of temperament in the end.
In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.
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