22 quotes found by Leo Rosten

Leo Rosten
O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.
fairy-tales  adulthood  # 2393
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We see things as we are, not as they are.
Brainy  # 343057
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Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
courage  Capacity  Imagined  # 343058
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Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
happiness  Hearts  Capable  # 343059
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Why did God give me two ears and one mouth? So that I will hear more and talk less.
communication  god  Talk  # 343060
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I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
strength  strong  Learned  # 343061
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Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
humor  Insight  # 343062
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Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.
mind  Another  heart  # 343063
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Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
truth  sense  fiction  # 343064
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Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.
Unexpected  Prepared  # 343065
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Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
communication  Means  Extremists  # 343066
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If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.
wrong  enjoy  # 343067
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A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.
writer  behind  share  # 343068
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I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
Cease  # 343069
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Satire is focused bitterness.
Bitterness  Focused  Satire  # 343070
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The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from others.
Others  Loved  writer  # 343071