We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.
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I do not think that marriage is one of my talents. I've been much happier unmarried than married.
It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
What the feminists want of me is something they haven't examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.
That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
When there's a war, people get married.
It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
When you're young you think that you're going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.
Our society is dependent on some precarious mechanisms, and they are very dicey. They can easily collapse.
The seat of knowledge is in the head of wisdom, in the heart. We are sure to judge wrong, if we do not feel right.
Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.
Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
Ages of experience have taught humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society.
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
One of the big changes in politics has been because families, individuals, have felt worried, insecure... worried about the economy, worried about their jobs, worried about their kids' futures... actually the disconnect between the public and media discourse and people's everyday concerns has become bigger not smaller.
Electricity is really just organized lightning.
Sometimes overturning brutal regimes takes time and costs lives. I wish it weren't so. I really, really do.
If a person is homosexual by nature - that is, if one's sexuality is as intrinsic a part of one's identity as gender or skin color - then society can no more deny a gay person access to the secular rights and religious sacraments because of his homosexuality than it can reinstate Jim Crow.