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The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one`s obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.

But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people`s patience.

Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.

We are most alive when we`re in love.

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.


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