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    Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: truth  fiction 
     
    If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: wrong 
     
    An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: body  service  god  spiritual  church  angel 
     
    If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: wrong 
     
    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.
    — Leo Rosten
    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.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: write  shares 
     
    The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can't help it.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: help 
     
    Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: courage 
     
    People say: idle curiosity. The one thing that curiosity cannot be is idle.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: people  curiosity 
     
    Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: self  sacred 
     
    Words must surely be counted among the most powerful drugs man ever invented.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: men  powerful  drugs 
     
    Humor is the affectionate communication of insight.
    — Leo Rosten
    Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
    — Leo Rosten
    If at first you don't succeed, before you try again, stop to figure out what you did wrong.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: wrong 
     
    I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: people  believe 
     
    You can learn much about life from a checker game: surrender one to take two; don't make two moves at one time; move up, not down; and when you reach the top, you may move as you like.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: learn 
     
    Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: happiness  poverty  money 
     
    The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make a difference that you lived at all-using the talents that God has given you for the betterment of others.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: talent  god 
     
    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.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: children  adult  child 
     
    I sometimes think there is a dimension beyond the four of experience and Einstein: insight, that fifth dimension which promises to liberate us from bondage to the long, imperfect past
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: past  experience  insight 
     
    The purpose of life is not to be happy, the purpose of life is to matter..
    — Leo Rosten
    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.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: heart  mind 
     
    A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead.
    — Leo Rosten
    Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: happiness  heart  brain 
     
    What's green, hangs on a wall and whistles?
    — Leo Rosten
    I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all..
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: believe 
     
    I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: strong 
     
    We see things as we are, not as they are.
    — Leo Rosten
    The love of money is the source of an enormous amount of good; the fact that the good is a by-product of the selfish pursuit of riches has nothing to do with its indisputable value.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: value  facts  money 
     
    Satire is focused bitterness.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: satire 
     
    There was no answer, no solution, no sop, no deliverance. What, then, did I do? I read faster.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: read 
     
    You understand people better if you look at them-no matter how old or impressive or important they may be-as if they were children. For most men never mature; they simply grow taller.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: children  men  people  child 
     
    In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: dark  night  wonder  madness  envy  book  breakfast 
     
    Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed.
    — Leo Rosten
    Humor is, I think, the subtlest and chanciest of literary forms. It is surely not accidental that there are a thousand novelists, essayists, poets or journalists for each humorist. It is a long, long time between James Thurbers.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: humor  time  poet 
     
    Happiness, in the ancient, noble sense, means self-fulfillment-and is given to those who use to the fullest whatever talents God " bestowed upon them.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: happiness  talent  god  noble 
     
    I came to believe it not true that "the coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man only one." I think it is the other way around: It is the brave who die a thousand deaths. For it is imagination, and not just conscience, which doth make cowards of us all. Those who do not know fear are not truly brave.
    — Leo Rosten
    Why did God give me two ears and one mouth? So that I will hear more and talk less.
    — Leo Rosten
    tags: god 
     
    The fellow who laughs last may laugh best, but he gets the reputation of being very slow-witted.
    — Leo Rosten
    Her cooking suggested she had attended the Cordon Noir.
    — Leo Rosten
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    leo rosten
    Birth    : April 11, 1908
    Death  : February 19, 1997
    Occupation  : Teacher