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    Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: belief  culture 
     
    The mountains were his masters. They rimmed in life. They were the cup of reality, beyond growth, beyond struggle and death. They were his absolute unity in the midst of eternal change.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    The modern picture of the artist began to form: The poor, but free spirit, plebeian but aspiring only to be classless, to cut himself forever free from the bonds of the greedy bourgeoisie, to be whatever the fat burghers feared most, to cross the line wherever they drew it, to look at the world in a way they couldn't see, to be high, live low, stay young forever - in short, to be the bohemian.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: live  world  young  forever  poor  spirit  artist 
     
    Making the world safe for hypocrisy.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: world  hypocrisy 
     
    Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: desires  true  romantic 
     
    Toil on, son, and do not lose heart or hope. Let nothing you dismay. You are not utterly forsaken. I, too, am here-here in the darkness waiting, here attentive, here approving of your labor and your dream.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: heart  darkness  hope  dreams  son 
     
    Each of us is all the sums he has not counted: subtract us into the nakedness and night again, and you shall see begin in Crete four thousand years ago the love that ended yesterday in Texas.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: night  year 
     
    America - it is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: time  miracle  america 
     
    The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don't freeze up.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: chance  mistakes 
     
    I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: time 
     
    Peace fell upon her spirit. Strong comfort and assurance bathed her whole being. Life was so solid and splendid, and so good.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: peace  comfort  strong  spirit 
     
    The old hunger for voyages fed at his heart....To go alone...into strange cities; to meet strange people and to pass again before they could know him; to wander, like his own legend, across the earth-it seemed to him there could be no better thing than that.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: people  hunger 
     
    It seems to me that in the orbit of our world you are the North Pole, I the South-so much in balance, in agreement-and yet... the whole world lies between.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: world  lies  balance 
     
    Man is born to live, to suffer, and to die, and what befalls him is a tragic lot. There is no denying this in the final end. But we must deny it all along the way.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: men  live  die 
     
    ...the dark ancestral cave, the womb from which mankind emerged into the light, forever pulls one back - but...you can't go home again...you can't go...back home to the escapes of Time and Memory. You Can't Go Home Again
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: time  memory  dark  forever  mankind 
     
    You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    All things on earth point home in old October; sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: earth  lover 
     
    Not even the most powerful organs of the press, including Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, can discover a new artist or certify his work and make it stick. They can only bring you the scores.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: time  work  powerful  artist 
     
    By God, I shall spend the rest of my life getting my heart back, healing and forgetting every scar you put upon me when I was a child. The first move I ever made, after the cradle, was to crawl for the door, and every move I have made since has been an effort to escape.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: children  heart  child  god  healing 
     
    You can't go home again
    — Thomas Wolfe
    There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    Each moment is the fruit of forty thousand years. The minute-winning days, like flies, buzz home to death, and every moment is a window on all time.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: death  time  moment  year 
     
    Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We'll smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: sadness  summer  smoke 
     
    There's no sight on earth more appealing than that of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: women  earth 
     
    Only the dead know Brooklyn.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the manuscript one hopes to publish.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: lessons  learn  writing  write  hope 
     
    Loneliness is and always has been the central and inevitable experience of every man.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    O lost, And by the wind grieved, Ghost, Come back again.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: lost  ghost 
     
    I believe that we are lost here in America, but I believe we shall be found. And this belief, which mounts now to the catharsis of knowledge and conviction, is for me-and I think for all of us-not only our own hope, but America's everlasting, living dream.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    I don't know yet what I am capable of doing, but, by God, I have genius - I know it too well to blush behind it.
    — Thomas Wolfe
    tags: god  genius 
     
    In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
    — Thomas Wolfe
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