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  • #1
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

  • #2
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. It looks as if they were victims of a conspiracy; for the books they read, ideal by the necessity of selection, and the conversation of their elders, who look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness, prepare them for an unreal life. They must discover for themselves that all they have read and all they have been told are lies, lies, lies; and each discovery is another nail driven into the body on the cross of life.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

  • #3
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage

  • #4
    Paul Auster
    “We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.”
    Paul Auster

  • #5
    Paul Auster
    “All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are.”
    Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

  • #6
    Paul Auster
    “Every life is inexplicable, I kept telling myself. No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling. To say that so and so was born here and went there, that he did this and did that, that he married this woman and had these children, that he lived, that he died, that he left behind these books or this battle or that bridge – none of that tells us very much.”
    Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy

  • #7
    Paul Auster
    “In other words: It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.”
    Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy

  • #8
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
    W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

  • #9
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #10
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “The love that lasts the longest is the love that is never returned”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #11
    Georges Perec
    “The idea occurred to him when he was twenty. At first it was only a vague idea, a question looming — what should I do? — with an answer taking shape: nothing.”
    Georges Perec

  • #12
    Thomas Sowell
    “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”
    Thomas Sowell

  • #13
    Thomas Sowell
    “Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
    Thomas Sowell

  • #14
    Thomas Sowell
    “Despite a voluminous and often fervent literature on "income distribution," the cold fact is that most income is not distributed: It is earned.”
    Thomas Sowell

  • #15
    Thomas Sowell
    “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”
    Thomas Sowell

  • #16
    Thomas Sowell
    “Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export.... Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea -- in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders. ”
    Thomas Sowell



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