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Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -
by Tom Wolfe

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -
that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
- Tom Wolfe

Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
- Tom Wolfe

The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book
and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
- Tom Wolfe

On Wall Street he and a few others -
how many? three hundred,
four hundred, five hundred? had become precisely that...
Masters of the Universe.
- Tom Wolfe

 

America - It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country;
it is the only place where miracles not only happen,
but where they happen all the time.
- Tom Wolfe

Radical Chic, after all, is only radical in Style;
in its heart it is part of Society and its traditions.
- Tom Wolfe

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than
that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
- Tom Wolfe

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Love is the ultimate expression of the will to live.
- Tom Wolfe

We are now in the Me Decade - seeing the upward roll
of the third great religious wave in American history.
- Tom Wolfe

At the outset, at least, all three groups had something else to recommend them,
as well: They were headquartered 3,000 miles away from
the East Side of Manhattan.
- Tom Wolfe

The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.
- Tom Wolfe

A cult is a religion with no political power.
- Tom Wolfe

A liberal is a conservative who has been arrested.
- Tom Wolfe

The attitude is we live and let live.
This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather
short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.
- Tom Wolfe

Frankly, these days, without a theory to go with it,
I can't see a painting.
- Tom Wolfe

Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best.
- Tom Wolfe

This is the artist, then, life's hungry man,
the glutton of eternity, beauty's miser,
glory's slave.
- Tom Wolfe

Not even the most powerful organs of the press,
including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times,
can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick.
They can only bring you the scores.
- Tom Wolfe

We are always acting on what has just finished happening.
It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago.
We think we're in the present, but we aren't.
The present we know is only a movie of the past.
- Tom Wolfe

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone,
in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness,
and we are strange and beautiful asleep;
for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
- Tom Wolfe

There has been a time on earth when poets had been
young and dead and famous -
and were men.
But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed.
The child of genius was a woman, now,
and the man was gone.
- Tom Wolfe

The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness,
far from being a rare and curious phenomenon,
peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men,
is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
- Tom Wolfe

If a man has talent and can't use it,
he's failed.
If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed.
If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded,
and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know.
- Tom Wolfe

There are some people who have the quality of richness
and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch.
It is first of all a physical quality;
then it is a quality of the spirit.
- Tom Wolfe

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are,
in fact, mad.
That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put
psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
- Tom Wolfe

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything
in modern art is merely romantic fiction.
The game is completed and the trophies distributed
long before the public knows what has happened.
- Tom Wolfe

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Anger? perhaps there is a better way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right,
than to be responsible and wrong.
- Winston Churchill

Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

I must uphold my ideals,
for perhaps the time will come
when I shall be able to carry them out.
- Anne Frank

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.
Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.
Perhaps the action you take will be successful;
perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.
But any action is better than no action at all.
- Norman Vincent Peale

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Fair" is not a useful concept.
Life is not "fair."
You can't make life "fair."
You can get angry.
You can complain about life not being "fair."
You can attempt revenge - perhaps violently.
You can inflict great suffering upon yourself
in the name of life being "unfair."
And Life is still not "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
- Dr. Seuss

Perhaps nature is our best assurance of immortality.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns
to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the greatest cause of unhappiness -
perhaps even the only cause of unhappiness - is comparison.
I remember as a young child hearing my mother say,
"Comparisons are odious."
That is one of the oldest sayings in the English language,
and one of the most important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I seldom think about my limitations,
and they never make me sad.
Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times;
but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.
- Helen Keller

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is Within You!
You yourself are the creator.
If you find that place within you
from which you brought this thing about,
you will be able to live with it and affirm it,
perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.
- Joseph Campbell

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

I consider my greatest accomplishment to be lifelong celibacy.
- Isaac Newton
(discoverer of the laws of gravitation and motion,
famous mathematician, and perhaps the greatest scientist ever)

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Perhaps people, and kids especially,
are spoiled today,
because all the kids today have cars,
it seems.
When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
- James Cagney

Today, try something you have never tried before.
Perhaps just a food that is new to you -
perhaps a whole new way of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture
that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.
It may seem even fresher.
- Pauline Kael

Perhaps believing in good design is like believing in God,
it makes you an optimist.
- Terence

If you don't enjoy your career,
today is the day to begin a long-term plan
for creating a career that interests and excites you.
And, in the short term, even if you hate your job,
look for small joys at work each day,
perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Guilt for being rich,
and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough
and you have to go and get shot or something.
- John Lennon

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other.
Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
- Katharine Hepburn

I'm afraid I talk a lot, too much, perhaps.
I should have been a lawyer or a college professor or a windy politician,
though I'm glad I am not any of these.
- Tom Glazer

Man's role is uncertain, undefined, and perhaps unnecessary.
- Margaret Mead

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing
for most of us that it is not.
- Oscar Wilde


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