Human Relations

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What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can only read a few and those perhaps not accurately.

The Winter of Our Discontent
For the first time I began to perceive that true sympathy cannot be switched on and off like an electric current, that anyone that identifies himself with the fate of another is robbed to some extent of his own freedom.

Beware of Pity
Human relationships are vast as deserts: they demand all daring.

Voss
Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is a misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood
The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business
Distance either of time or place is sufficient to reconcile weak minds to wonderful relations
Be cautious as to what you say of men, and to whom you speak it
It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed
Avoid inquisitive persons, for they are sure to be gossips, their ears are open to hear, but they will not keep what is entrusted to them
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