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  • Women must be very gentle with men as they, as well as women, seek to regain the lost wholeness for which they were destined.

  • ... one must desire something, to be alive: perhaps absolute satisfaction is only another name for Death.

  • In the photograph by my bed my mother is perpetually smiling on me. I guess I have forgiven us both, although sometimes in the night my dreams will take me back to the sadness, and I have to wake up and forgive us again.

  • ... Afghans excel at fighting Afghans. This is what Afghans do, even when they are not being invaded by foreign powers. They fight each other, tribe against tribe, brother against brother, half-brother against half-brother, cousin against cousin, uncle against nephew, father against son.

  • There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

  • All the earth is seamed with roads, and all the sea is furrowed with the tracks of ships, and over all the roads and all the waters a continuous stream of people passes up and down — traveling, as they say, for their pleasure. What is it, I wonder, that they go out to see?

  • Books form in us habits of thought which shall live forever with us.

  • ... I have observed gratitude to be a principle, that bears the smallest share in the hearts of those where it ought to be most strongly resident, so that I begin to imagine one half of the world don't understand the real etymology of the word.