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Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.
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#Murder

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No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
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#Opera

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In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.
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#English Poet #Believe

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Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
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#Poetry And Poets #Poetry

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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
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#English Poet #Books And Reading

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A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
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#English Poet

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The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me
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#Create

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Dogmatic theological statements are neither logical propositions nor poetic utterances. They are ''shaggy dog'' stories; they have a point, but he who tries too hard to get it will miss it.
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#Theology

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How happy the lot of the mathematician! He is judged solely by his peers, and the standard is so high that no colleague or rival can ever win a reputation he does not deserve. No cashier writes a letter to the press complaining about the incomprehensibility of Modern Mathematics and comparing it unfavorably with the good old days when mathematicians were content to paper irregularly shaped rooms and fill bathtubs without closing the waste pipe.
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#Mathematics #Happiness

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Christmas and Easter can be subjects for poetry, but Good Friday, like Auschwitz, cannot. The reality is so horrible, it is not surprising that people should have found it a stumbling block to faith.
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#Christmas

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It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.
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#Leisure #Majority

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Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
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#English Poet

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Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
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#English Poet

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Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
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#Patience

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Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
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#Writers And Writing

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The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. Unfortunately, poetry cannot celebrate them, because their deeds are concerned with things, not persons. . .
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#Action

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A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist. This means that in order to be a good doctor a man must also have a good character, that is to say, whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must love his fellow human beings in the concrete and desire their good before his own.
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#Doctors

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In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
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#English Poet #Joy

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It's a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it
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#Culture

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Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
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#Genius #Geniuses

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It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.
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#America #Murder

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Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say
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#Health