All cities are mad: but the madness is gallant. All cities are beautiful: but the beauty is grim.
Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny democracy, not dictatorship the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
Intent on one great love, perfect, Requited and for ever, I missed love's everywhere Small presence, thousand-guised.
I awake with a not entirely sickened knowledge that I am merely young again and in a funny way at peace, an observer who is aware of time's chariot, aware that some metamorphosis has occurred.
Too cheerful a morality is a loose morality; it is appropriate only to decadent peoples and is found only among them.
Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because don't know what to do with it.
The U.N. bureaucracy has grown to elephantine proportions. Now that the Cold War is over, we are asking that elephant to do gymnastics.
It seems to me that unless you or someone very close to you has had a bad head injury, you really can't fathom it. You have no concept of what it is all about. It was so difficult for my whole family, not just me.
I think all of us certainly believed the statistics which said that probably 88% chance of mission success and maybe 96% chance of survival. And we were willing to take those odds.
The home is not the one tame place in the world of adventure. It is the one wild place in the world of rules and set tasks.
G. K. Chesterton
The love of heaven makes one heavenly.
It's not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you're 33, 34, and you don't have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.
Success is a matter of viewpoint. The pessimist sees the bottle as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full.
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