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Perhaps he is a fool or a coward but almost everybody is one or the other and most people are both.


James Baldwin

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It is a lie.
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Life is a desire!
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Life is a risk.
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He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.
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To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.
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Life is not a game. Still, in this life, we choose the games we live to play.
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Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
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For me, my life is a journey.
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Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right.
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Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that's courage. The one who feels no f...
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Life is a right, not collateral or casual.
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Don't be more serious than God. God invented dog farts. God designed your body's plumbing system. Go...
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Life is a grand party.
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All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love.
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My life is a struggle.
VOLTAIRE
Life is a school of probability.
WALTER BAGEHOT
This life is a process of learning.
LAURYN HILL
Life is a lot like skateboarding.
LIL WAYNE
Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.
ANNE WILSON SCHAEF
Life is a mountain of solvable problems, and I enjoy that.
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For me, life is a bowl of cherries.
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There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.
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Everyone got a follower, how good or bad is all this shit, it's another topic… JUst leave it for l...
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The biggest thing is Katrina. Everybody got affected by Katrina in one way or the other.
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If a man is born, he should be born either a king or a fool.
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A wise man makes what he learns his own, the other shows he is but a copy or a collection at most . ...
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The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else
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The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else
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She was scarcely a year older than I was, dark-haired, slender, with a face that would break your he...
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Common Knowledge and Common Sense, most have one or the other, I just happen to possess both.
SEAN CROSBY
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. -James...
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The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.
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Fly fishing is a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing, I can only compare to a sti...
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Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each...
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Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Ea...
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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to thier hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once h...
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The writer is either a practicing recluse or a delinquent, guilt-ridden one; or both. Usually both.
SUSAN SONTAG
My distinguishing talent is the ability to put people under the microscope, perhaps to go one or two...
DAVID LEAN
Probably... or maybe... one day!
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Connecting with someone is not necessarily a bond with a significant other, or even a friend, but ca...
DONNA LYNN HOPE
Instead of either/or, I discovered a whole world of and.
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The one characteristic of authentic power that most people overlook is humbleness. It is important f...
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but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.
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Whether people agree or not, a captain is under more pressure and that is the reason he is selected ...
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Every one is a genius, more or less. No one is so physically sound that no part of him will be even ...
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Is psychiatry a medical enterprise concerned with treating diseases, or a humanistic enterprise conc...
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The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later...
FLORENCE SCOVEL SHINN
The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.
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Although you may call me a dreamer, a fool, or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible.
NICHOLAS SPARKS
Hell is other people.
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
Life's Irony;In life almost everybody have big money,but most people have it in bits.
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One of the biggest sicknesses this world has is expectation. We all expect other people to be a cert...
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Life's Irony;In life almost everybody have big money,but most people have it in bits.
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He actually had a good first inning. That was good to see. He can be tough. Both he and James have b...
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The fool doesn't think anything well done except what he did or what he is doing.
VIKRANT PARSAI
This world is a peaceful stage where we are all villains of this drama and trees are the heroes.
DEBASISH MRIDHA
The fool thinks he is wise and the wise thinks he is not a fool.
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If a man defrauds you one time, he is a rascal; if he does it twice, you are a fool.
Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a m...
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Never think a quiet man is either a coward or dumb.
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Don't think that the other one is fool,if you are not then how could the other one...
AJAY KUMAR
He is a fool who thinks by force or skill, To turn the current of a woman's will.
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The difference between a hero and a coward is one is defeated by fear while the other is catapulted ...
MATSHONA DHLIWAYO
We outplayed Baldwin in the first half. Baldwin is a strong team and took over the game.
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The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.
JAMES BALDWIN
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
JAMES BALDWIN
People can cry much easier than they can change.
JAMES BALDWIN
I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on th...
JAMES BALDWIN
A platitude is simply a truth repeated till people get tired of hearing it.
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
JAMES BALDWIN
Other people cannot see what I see whenever I look into your father's face, for behind your father's...
JAMES BALDWIN
A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled. -James...
JAMES BALDWIN
If you're afraid to die, you will not be able to live.
JAMES BALDWIN
There appears to be a vast amount of confusion on this point, but I do not know many Negroes who are...
JAMES BALDWIN
I hope that nobody has ever had to look at anybody they love through glass.
JAMES BALDWIN
Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs, and the equal impossib...
JAMES BALDWIN
I was in a terrible confusion. Sometimes I thought, but this is your life. Stop fighting it. Stop fi...
JAMES BALDWIN
Somebody," said Jacques, "your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever di...
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps, as we say in America, I wanted to find myself. This is an interesting phrase, not current a...
JAMES BALDWIN
People can't, unhappily, invent their mooring posts, their lovers and their friends, anymore than th...
JAMES BALDWIN
If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own-which it is-and render impass...
JAMES BALDWIN
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are...
JAMES BALDWIN
In my experience - and this is a very awkward way to put it, since I don't really know what the word...
JAMES BALDWIN
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to ex...
JAMES BALDWIN
Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, fo...
JAMES BALDWIN
It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really...
JAMES BALDWIN
She knows Daddy better than I do. I think it's because she's felt since we were children that our Da...
JAMES BALDWIN
There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for the...
JAMES BALDWIN
Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty o...
JAMES BALDWIN
The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which...
JAMES BALDWIN
Do I really want to be integrated into a burning house?
JAMES BALDWIN
I know that people can be better than they are. We are capable of bearing a great burden, once we di...
JAMES BALDWIN
The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or sh...
JAMES BALDWIN
You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look a...
JAMES BALDWIN
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
JAMES A. BALDWIN
The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to ex...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connect...
JAMES A. BALDWIN
No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, fo...
JAMES A. BALDWIN