You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing

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How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh

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Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.

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What is the function that a clergyman performs in the world? Answer: he gets his living by assuring idiots that he can save them from an imaginary hell

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Living with a dog is messy - like living with an idealist

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The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots

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It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.

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The allurement that women hold out to men is precisely the allurement that Cape Hatteras holds out to sailors: they are enormously dangerous and hence enormously fascinating

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Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.

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The more a man dreams, the less he believes

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