How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.

He had the uneasy manner of a man who is not among his own kind, and who has not seen enough of the world to feel that all people are in some sense his own kind

The soul cannot be humbled by fasts and prayer; it must be broken by mortal sin to experience forgiveness of sin and rise to a state of grace. Otherwise, religion is nothing but dead logic.

You feel that, properly, Alexandra's house is the big-out-of-doors, and that it is in the soil that she expresses herself.

Praised be the fathomless universe, for life and joy, and for objects and knowledge curious.

So, dull and damp and another day; but the night of that, mist lifting, rain ceasing, silent as a ghost, while they thought they were sure of him, my General retreated.

And about her courts were seen liveried angels robed in green, wearing, by St Patrick's bounty, emeralds big as half the county.

I sit along in the dark bamboo grove, playing the zither and whistling long. In this deep wood no one would know - only the bright moon comes to shine.

It's undesirable for the international community to link the issue of bear farming with other issues.

Seated alone by shadowy bamboos, I strum my lyre and laugh aloud; none know that I am here, deep in the woods; only the bright moon comes to shine on me.

The survival rate of the newly planted trees has reached 90 percent.

You also come from my home-town, you must know all the home town news. At dawn, before the silken window, is it too cold for plum blossom to show?

In the bosom of one of those spacious coves which indent the eastern shore of the Hudson, at that broad expansion of the river denominated by the ancient Dutch navigators the Tappan Zee, and where they always prudently shortened sail and implored the protection of St. Nicholas when they crossed, there lies a small market town or rural port, which by some is called Greensburgh, but which is more generally and properly known by the name of Tarry Town.

China's economic policy is not to develop China's own economy, but to make some people rich. Its aim is to maintain cheap labor. So the Chinese Communist regime will not allow the Chinese currency RMB to appreciate, nor let the free flow of markets in between China and the foreign countries. Maintaining the enormous gap between the Chinese and the foreign markets is the fundamental policy for the Chinese Communist regime to get rich in unity with the capitalists in the world. Only an authoritarian regime could have done so. Therefore, the existence of this authoritarian regime is the root cause of the deformed Chinese economy. As long as China is undemocratic, this situation will continue until the collapse of Chinese Communist regime.

Cold, impossible, ahead lifts the mountain's lovely head whose white waterfall could bless travellers in their last distress.

I was myself the compass of that sea: I was the world in which I walked, and what I saw or heard or felt came not but from myself; and there I found myself more truly and more strange.

He suggested I play golf, but finally agreed to give me something that, he said, would really work; and going to a cabinet, he produced a vial of violet-blue capsules banded with dark purple at one end, which, he said, had just been placed on the market and were intended not for neurotics whom a draft of water could calm if properly administered, but only for great sleepless artists who had to die for a few hours in order to live for centuries.

The best part of a writer's biography is not the record of his adventures but the story of his style.

As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.

I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.