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Between grief and nothing I will take grief.
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The Swiss are not a people so much as a neat, clean, quite solvent business
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Poor man. Poor mankind.
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Too much happens.... Man performs, engenders, so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything.... That's what's so terrible.
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I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body now I know it to be merely a function of the mind -- and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end the fundamentalists, the beginning when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.
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I don't know anything about inspiration because I don't know what inspiration is I've heard about it, but I never saw it.
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