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The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common - a need to create an alternative world.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
There's an alternative. There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways. It's a different way.
You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.
The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land was alive to his loving touch, and he, its son, was brother to all creatures.
We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative.
To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naive, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool.
Robert E. Sherwood
What springs from earth dissolves to earth again, and heaven-born things fly to their native seat.
Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Organic buildings are the strength and lightness of the spiders' spinning, buildings qualified by light, bred by native character to environment, married to the ground.
Frank Lloyd Wright
I can speak Esperanto like a native.
The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict - alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
Do not use that foreign word 'ideals.' We have that excellent native word 'lies.'
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.
James Russell Lowell
A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
I have a number of alternatives, and each one gives me something different.
The road to the future leads us smack into the wall. We simply ricochet off the alternatives that destiny offers. Our survival is no more than a question of 25, 50 or perhaps 100 years.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods produced in our factories.
Support a compatriot against a native, however the former may blunder or plunder.
Richard Francis Burton
Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
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