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Perhaps it is true that the trials of life always teach us something, but it is undeniable that we are not always so eager to learn.
Perhaps it is not true that a man becomes what he dreams ; but if he does not dream, what kind of a man is he?
Some people maintain that what one believes becomes true, but the poor sick person who has hoped in vain would certainly not agree.
Perhaps it is true that every human being is a potential monster, but if we disregard potentialities, then humankind can be divided into two main categories: human beings and human beasts.
Sometimes true tolerance requires an extraordinary strength, which we are often too weak to exercise.
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To be taken into account were some years of schooling, where I studied with diligence Neptune's laws, and these laws I tried to obey when I sailed overseas; it was worth the while.
March 21, 1941
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