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And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.

("All the King's Men")

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The end of man is knowledge but theres one thing he cant know. He cant know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he cant know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasnt got and which if he had it would save him.
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Process as process is neither morally good nor morally bad. We may judge results but not process. The morally bad agent may perform the deed which is good. The morally good agent may perform the deed which is bad. Maybe a man has to sell his soul to get the power to do good.
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I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things, but writing was always first. It's a kind of pain I can't do without.
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She lifted her sewing and bit off the thread in the way women do to make your flesh crawl.
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Then after a long time Annie wasn't a little girl anymore. She was a big girl and I was so much in love with her that I lived in a dream. In the dream my heart seemed to be ready to burst, for it seemed that the whole world was inside it swelling to get out and be the world. But that summer came to an end. Time passed and nothing happened that we had felt so certain at one time would happen.
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