Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilization in high boots
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.
Where do I get my ideas from? You might as well have asked that of Beethoven. He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him. It was music. I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization.
(When asked what he thought of Western civilization): 'I think it would be a good idea.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
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