1. 10

    The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.

    21
  2. 9

    Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.

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  3. 8

    This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims.

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  4. 7

    Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit.

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  5. 6

    Strew on her roses, roses, And never a spray of yew! In quiet she reposes; Ah, would that I did too!

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  6. 5

    Philistine must have originally meant, in the mind of those who invented the nickname, a strong, dogged, unenlightened opponent of the chosen people, of the children of the light.

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  7. 4

    Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class.

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    The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.

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  9. 2

    Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.

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  10. 1

    Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.

    91
  11. Last Update: 29 June 2022

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