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If youth did not matter so much to itself it would never have the heart to go on


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Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.
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Alcohol is perfectly consistent in its effects upon man. Drunkenness is merely an exaggeration. A foolish man drunk becomes maudlin a bloody man, vicious a coarse man, vulgar.
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Art should simplify. That is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole.
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I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
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The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.
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There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
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