Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.
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Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.
Pointless... like giving caviar to an elephant.
People between twenty and forty are not sympathetic. The child has the capacity to do but it can't know. It only knows when it is no longer able to do -- after forty. Between twenty and forty the will of the child to do gets stronger, more dangerous, but it has not begun to learn to know yet. Since his capacity to do is forced into channels of evil through environment and pressures, man is strong before he is moral. The world's anguish is caused by people between twenty and forty.
A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.
I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.
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