He spoke of humor, and thought it must be one of the chief attributes of God. He cited plants and animals that were distinctly humorous in form and in their characteristics. These he declared were God's jokes.
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
That free will was demonstrated in the placing of temptation before man with the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree which would give him a knowledge of good and evil, with the disturbing moral conflict to which that awareness would give rise.
Kenneth Scott Latourette
There's no way I can justify my salary level, but I'm learning to live with it.
I can't get a relationship to last longer than it takes to make copies of their tapes.
To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable
It's no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, 'Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.' By then, pigs will be your style.
It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge.
Arnold H. Glasow
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.
Sexy in India is not considered positive. But, with today's crop of fresh faces in the modelling arena, being sexy is an asset.
I knew from the beginning that privacy was going to be a huge issue, especially with regard to applying Total Information Awareness in counterterrorism. Because if the technology development was successful, a logical place to apply it was inside the United States.
The good thing about a self-help book is that if you misunderstand something then it won't mock you.
Book tours and research provide a lot of travel - too much, I sometimes think, but we do take vacations.
To go to the Oscars for 'Moneyball' - that was pretty amazing.
The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies.
If one more 'journalist' makes a cavalier statement about me and my band, I will personally or with my fans' help, greet them at their home and discover just how much they believe in their freedom of speech.
You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.
We must all make peace so that we can all live in peace.
Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether.
I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt. Human minds. They do not come from nowhere.
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.
Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.
People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy... and I keep it in a jar on my desk.
If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.
Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they own their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!
Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event.
The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
Nothing is so contagious as example and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?
It is hard to have patience with people who say There is no death or Death doesn't matter. There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
To predict the behavior of ordinary people in advance, you only have to assume that they will always try to escape a disagreeable situation with the smallest possible expenditure of intelligence.
I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet, so he gave me pep pills. Know what happened? I ate faster.
Joe E. Lewis
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