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I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.


Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.


A sad soul can kill quicker than a germ.


If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.


It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.


A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.


The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.


No one wants advice – only corroboration.


It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.


A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.


I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.


Man is the only kind of varmint sets his own trap, baits it, then steps in  it.


Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.


I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.


You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.


I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.


Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.


It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.


Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.


We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.


One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.


In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. 


Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.


Time is the only critic without ambition.


So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda.

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