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Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

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The truth is in the mystery.

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Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.

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The future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed.

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Those who would climb to a lofty height must go by steps, not leaps.

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from a letter to Augustine of Canterbury
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Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

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It’s in the courage writ small, repeated ten thousand times that we create ourselves.

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But peace, too, is a living thing and like all life it must wax and wane, accommodate, withstand trials, and undergo changes.

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Source type: Book
The Glass Bead Game
Page 493
Published by Picador
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The man of great wealth owes a particular obligation to the state because he derives special advantages from the mere existence of government.

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The obstacle is the path.

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