Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil.
My teachers helped guide and motivate me but the responsibility of learning was left with me, an approach to learning which was later reinforced by my experiences at Amherst.
I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.
Peter De Vries
While the daimonic cannot be said to be evil in itself, it confronts us with the troublesome dilemma of whether it is to be used with awareness, a sense of responsibility and the significance of life, or blindly and rashly.
I love the feeling of creating pictures in someone's mind just by spelling out the right lyrical combination.
It is very frightening to feel alone when you are standing against a rich and powerful person and all his attendant helpers.
Food decisions - do I eat this or not? - are always going to be there.
The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up.
David Herbert Lawrence
Bernard Shaw has no enemies but is intensely disliked by his friends.
Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth
to write is human, to edit is divine
There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.
To string incongruities and absurdities together in a wandering and sometimes purposeless way, and seem innocently unaware that they are absurdities, is the basis of the American art, if my position is correct.
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