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Al Kopernik

Al Kopernik

It is very difficult to be wholly joyous or wholly sad on this earth. The comic, when it is human, soon takes upon itself a face of pain; and some of our grieves... have their source in weaknesses which must be recognized with smiling compassion as the common inheritance of us all.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the world as the song of a destroyed wild bird.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Going home must be like going to render an account.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration, losing the exact notion of sincerity, and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose -- as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Hang ideas! They are tramps, vagabonds, knocking at the back-door of your mind, each taking a little of your substance, each carrying away some crumb of that belief in a few simple notions you must cling to if you want to live decently and would like to die easy!More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Who knows what true loneliness is -- not the conventional word, but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion. Now and then a fatal conjunction of events may lift the veil for an instant. For an instant only. No human being could bear a steady view of moral solitude without going mad.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To have his path made clear for him is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement -- but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love -- and to put its trust in life.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The sea -- this truth must be confessed -- has no generosity. No display of manly qualities -- courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness -- has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.More Al Kopernik [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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