I ask myself: are defeats necessary? Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first begin fighting for a dream, we have no experience and make mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.
Substitute damn every time you're inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, Truth is the daughter of Time.
The only way into truth is through one's own annihilation; through dwelling a long time in a state of extreme and total humiliation.
Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
What me worry? I never do. Life is one charming ruse for us lucky few. Have I fooled you, dear? The time is coming near when I'll give you my hand and I'll say, It's been grand, but... I'm out of here I'm out of here
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
Gandhi became my role model. I have always been interested in Eastern philosophy. Since early in my life I've been fascinated by India, and I have spent a great deal of time traveling in that country.
I swing hard all the time. That's what I've done my whole life - hit.
The trials of life will not wait for us. They come at their own time, not caring much to inquire how ready we may be to meet them.
I love to draw people's faces. I do that all the time.
If the attainment of peace is the ultimate objective of all statesmen, it is, at the same time, something very ordinary, closely tied to the daily life of each individual.
The jungle is life itself. A thousand times more alive than anything you've ever seen. We didn't go there to be a part of it. We invaded it. We shaved the jungle and made a stinking camp in the middle of it. Radios blaring. It was disgusting.
Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.
It was love at first sight. The first time Yossarian saw the chaplain he fell madly in love with him.
There is no Intrinsick Worth in Money but what is alterable with the Times, and whether a Guinea goes for Twenty Pounds or for a Shilling, it is... the Labour of the Poor, and not the high and low value that is set on Gold or Silver, which all the Comforts of Life must arise from.
I thank God for this ten weeks' quiet before the end... Life has always been hurried and full of difficulty... This time of rest has been a great mercy.
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