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    There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life. Moreover, when we have an alibi for not writing a book, painting a picture, and so on, we have an alibi for not writing the greatest book and not painting the greatest picture. Small wonder that the effort expended and the punishment endured in obtaining a good alibi often exceed the effort and grief requisite for the attainment of a most marked achievement.

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Take man's most fantastic invention- God. Man invents God in the image of his longings, in the image of what read more

Take man's most fantastic invention- God. Man invents God in the image of his longings, in the image of what he wants to be, then proceeds to imitate that image, vie with it, and strive to overcome it.

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Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.

Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.

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Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

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If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin read more

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.

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We often use strong language not to express a powerful emotion but to evoke it in us.

We often use strong language not to express a powerful emotion but to evoke it in us.

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We are unified both by hating in common and by being hated in common.

We are unified both by hating in common and by being hated in common.

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It is only doubt that creates. It is only the minority that counts.

It is only doubt that creates. It is only the minority that counts.

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Our originality shows itself most strikingly not in what we wholly originate but in what we do with that which read more

Our originality shows itself most strikingly not in what we wholly originate but in what we do with that which we borrow from others.

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The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

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