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Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way.

Evangelii Gaudium
The greatest assassin of life is haste, the desire to reach things before the right time which means overreaching them.
It's only in bad novels that people are divided into two camps and have nothing to do with each other. In real life everything gets mixed up! Don't you think you'd have to be a hopeless nonentity to play only one role all your life, to have only one place in society, always to stand for the same thing?--Ah, there you are!

Doctor Zhivago
How wonderful to be alive, he thought. But why does it always hurt?

Doctor Zhivago
It’s a hard thing to leave any deeply routine life, even if you hate it.

East of Eden
I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen.

The Winter of Our Discontent
Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing. If we eat any food, or drink any beverage, we must recite a blessing over them before and after.

Speech at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, 1966
However life treats you, as time goes by you always get the feeling you've lost life in the very living of it.

Men of Maize
When you die, there is nothing - only a life that will be forgotten.

The Dancing Girl of Izu and Other Stories
It's remarkable how we go on year after year, doing the same old things. We get tired and bored, and ask when they'll come for us.

The Sound of the Mountain
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."