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A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.
A masterpiece... may be unwelcome but it is never dull.
My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It's good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind.
The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.
Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground-floor. But if a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has, the worse for his patient.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth.
When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.
Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.
Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.
The ear disapproves but tolerates certain musical pieces; transfer them into the domain of our nose, and we will be forced to flee.
A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.
Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul.
A painting is a symbol for the universe. Inside it, each piece relates to the other. Each piece is only answerable to the rest of that little world. So, probably in the total universe, there is that kind of total harmony, but we get only little tastes of it.
You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.
It's a piece of cake until you get to the top. You find you can't stop playing the game the way you've always played it.
Richard M. Nixon
The true function of a writer is to produce a masterpiece and no other task is of any consequence.
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.
The most important tribute any human being can pay to a poem or a piece of prose he or she really loves is to learn it by heart. Not by brain, by heart; the expression is vital.
To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.
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