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"Depressive lucidity, usually described as a radical withdrawal from ordinary human concerns, generally manifests itself by a profound indifference to things which are genuinely of minor interest. Thus it is possible to imagine a depressed lover, while the idea of a depressed patriot seems frankly inconceivable."  (Michel Houellebecq, Les particules élémentaires)

"A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever."  (Helen Rowland)

"A beautiful woman is one I notice; a charming woman is one who notices me."  (John Erskine)

"A bestfriend is a sibling God forgot to give you."  (anonymous)

"A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking."  (Jerry Seinfeld)

"A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you."  (Bert Leston Taylor)

"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything."  (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

"A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized."  (Fred Allen)

"A child's mind must inevitably rot, looking at this dreary procession of nonsense night after night, and I think that the next ten years will produce a population composed entirely of goons."  (Groucho Marx, on his daughter's fascination with television, The Groucho Letters)

"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention."  (Aldous Huxley)

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