When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
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- The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
- The perplexity of life arises from there being too many interesting things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.
- The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a color. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.
- Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past.
- A puritan is a person who pours righteous indignation into the wrong things.
- My country, right or wrong is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying My mother, drunk or sober.