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  • I pulled myself up and told myself to stop these ridiculous thoughts, wondering why it is that we can never stop trying to analyse the motives of people who have no personal interest in us, in the vain hope of finding that perhaps they may have just a little after all.

  • Perhaps despair is the only human sin.

  • The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged. In the matter of power and privilege the difference between the haves and the have-nots is not merely quantitative, for it has far-reaching psychological and ideological implications.

  • But love was a question also, not just an answer. And it was never a cure-all. At best it was a moat and a wall and a castle.

  • ... Americans seem to have a deep cultural aversion to negativity. ... My son's report card at preschool divided his performance not into strengths and weaknesses but into strengths and emerging strengths.

  • If you are brave too often, people will come to expect it of you.

  • If the would-be writer studies people in their everyday lives and discovers how to make his characters in their quieter moods interesting to his readers, he will have learned far more than he can ever learn from the constant presentation of crises.

  • ... though pleasure may be purchasable, happiness cannot be bought for a price.