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English has been this vacuum cleaner of a language, because of its history meeting up with the Romans and then the Danes, the Vikings and then the French and then the Renaissance with all the Latin and Greek and Hebrew in the background.

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There are many more layers to innocence than one might ever imagine, and we

There are many more layers to innocence than one might ever imagine, and we are ever unaware of them until each barrier is breached.
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When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.
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The scariest thought in the world is that someday I'll wake up and realize

The scariest thought in the world is that someday I'll wake up and realize I've been sleepwalking through my life: underappreciating the people I love, making the same hurtful mistakes over and over, a slave to neuroses, fear, and the habitual.
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It's the same old story you've heard a thousand times. Somebody's trust get

It's the same old story you've heard a thousand times. Somebody's trust gets broken. Somebody's left behind.
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We spend much of our lives going about completely blind to reality, and yet

We spend much of our lives going about completely blind to reality, and yet we still have the gall to act victimized when it invariably catches up to us.
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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can s

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
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While one is young is the time to investigate, to experiment with everythin

While one is young is the time to investigate, to experiment with everything. The school should help its young people to discover their vocations and responsibilities, and not merely cram their minds with facts and technical knowledge; it should be the so
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Social services, not wealth per se, seem to be the key to lower birth rates

Social services, not wealth per se, seem to be the key to lower birth rates. The Chinese, although among the poorest peoples of the world, have brought their fertility rate down to 2.4, partly by social coercion, but mostly by broadly available education,
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your relationship with air—that’s key. You can’t break up with air. You’re

your relationship with air—that’s key. You can’t break up with air. You’re kind of stuck together. Only slightly less crucial is water. And then food. You can’t be dropping food to hang with someone else. You need to strike up an agreement with it.
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But I was brought up on convent morals and paternal nationalism, I was gett

But I was brought up on convent morals and paternal nationalism, I was getting bogged down in contradictions.
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In Rome, I particularly love the history, churches, sculptures and architec

In Rome, I particularly love the history, churches, sculptures and architecture and the fact that you can walk along a tiny cobbled street and turn the corner to find the Trevi Fountain. London is evocative of other eras and full of history.
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The best writers tend to look the roughest in photos. At least that's the e

The best writers tend to look the roughest in photos. At least that's the excuse I use for why I look so bad in mine.
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