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"Hatred is keener than friendship, less keen than love." - Luc De Clapiers

"The keener the wheat the lustier the growth." - Wendell Phillips

"The keener the want the lustier the growth." - Wendell Phillips

"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"How can you say that love is blind? Keener than a young eagle's is its sight." - Franz Grillparzer

"Wherever there are four walls, consciousness of direction is far keener." - Curt Sachs

"Her hearing was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of." - D. M. Thomas

"Many-sidedness of culture makes our vision clearer and keener in particulars." - James Russell Lowell

"Wants awaken intellect. To gratify them disciplines intellect. The keener the want the lustier the growth." - Wendell Phillips

"... the ears of the hunted grow even keener than a hunter's." - Phyllis Bottome

"The duller eye may often see a thing sooner than the keener." - Socrates

"Her hearing was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of." - D.M. Thomas

"Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered." - Cicero

"The longer the road to love, the keener is the pleasure." - Andre Maurois

"A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use." - Washington Irving

"Catherine Keener really gets me. She and I have such a shorthand together." - Nicole Holofcener

"Keen were his pangs, but keener far to feel, He nursed the pinion, which impell'd the steel." - Lord Byron

"No kind of sensation is keener and more active than that of pain its impressions are unmistakable." - Marquis De Sade

"He nothing common did, or mean, / Upon that memorable scene, / But with his keener eye / The axe's edge did try." - Andrew Marvell

"He nothing common did or mean Upon that memorable scene, But with his keener eye The axe's edge did try." - Andrew Marvell

"The longer the road to love, the keener is the pleasure to be experienced by the sensitive lover." - Andre Maurois

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela

"Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use." - Washington Irving

"But the divinest poem, or the life of a great man, is the severest satire.... The greater the genius, the keener the edge of the satire." - Henry David Thoreau

"Truth is brighter than Light Falsehood darker than night Revenge is keener than Axe and Love is softer than melting wax" - Cassandra Clare

"The theatre breeds its own kind of cruelty, and its sadism takes on a keener edge since it can be enjoyed under the innocent guise of critical judgment." - Moss Hart

"It looked something like a pen wiper and something like a piece of hearth-rug. A second and keener inspection revealed it as a Pekinese puppy." - P G Wodehouse

"The intellect must not be kept at consistent tension, but diverted by pastimes.... The mind must have relaxation, and will rise stronger and keener after recreation." - Seneca the Younger

"A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use." - Washington Irving

"I crave the indulgence of my senses but this is countered by an interior desire that is even keener than my senses to know the meaning of things" - Errol Flynn

"A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use." - Washington Irving

"Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires." - Benjamin Franklin

"If there be no eternal life, still the enjoyment of spiritual thoughts as ideals is keener and makes a man happier, whilst the foolery of materialism leads to competition and undue ambition and ultimate death, individual and national." - Swami Vivekananda

"What time has been wasted during man's destiny in the struggle to decide what man's next world will be like! The keener the effort to find out, the less he knew about the present one he lived in." - Sean O'Casey

"As we advance in life, we acquire a keener sense of the value of time. Nothing else, indeed, seems of any consequence; and we become misers in this respect." - William Hazlitt

"Habit in most cases hardens and encrusts by taking away the keener edge of our sensations: but does it not in others quicken and refine, by giving a mechanical facility and by engrafting an acquired sense?" - William Hazlitt

"Philosophy is a more intense sort of experience than common life is, just as pure and subtle music, heard in retirement, is something keener and more intense than the howling of storms or the rumble of cities." - George Santayana

"And the smell of the library was always the same - the musty odour of old clothes mixed with the keener scent of unwashed bodies, creating what the chief librarian had once described as 'the steam of the social soup.'" - Peter Ackroyd

"Oh, Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon, The maker's rage to order words of the sea, Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred, And of ourselves and of our origins, In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds." - Wallace Stevens

"The smell of the library was always the same - the musty odour of old clothes mixed with the keener scent of unwashed bodies, creating what the chief librarian had once described as the steam of the social soup." - Peter Ackroyd

"Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the world and to find our sphere of influence." - Abdu'l-Baha

"I was appalled at the amount of study necessary in order to qualify in medicine, and gradually my desire was blunted by a keener - and secret - wish to become an actor." - Conrad Veidt

"Any person, brought into the presence of this fact, stops for a few moments and remains pensive and silent; and then generally leaves, carrying with him forever a sharper, keener sense of our incessant motion through space." - Leon Foucault

"I have a lot of energy. I have a great desire to absorb information. I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at - just walking around Williamsburg, for example - is a great opportunity for ideas. I've been here before, I've seen things before, but now my eye gets keener and keener. So I can pick up little things: just the pattern of a brick walk, or the way they've attached a light to a house." - Martha Stewart

"In my public statements I have earnestly urged that there rested upon government many responsibilities which affect the moral andspiritual welfare of our people. The participation of women in elections has produced a keener realization of the importance of these questions and has contributed to higher national ideals. Moreover, it is through them that our national ideals are ingrained in our children." - Herbert Hoover

"But two things are wanting in American civilization - a keener and deeper, broader and tenderer sense of justice - a sense of humanity, which shall crystallize into the life of a nation the sentiment that justice, simple justice, is the right, not simply of the strong and powerful, but of the weakest and feeblest of all God's children ..." - Frances Harper

"But in Republics there is a stronger vitality, a fiercer hatred, a keener thirst for revenge. The memory of their former freedom will not let them rest; so that the safest course is either to destroy them, or to go and live in them." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone-that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born." - Nikola Tesla

"We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance." - Martha Graham

"For the production of man a different apprenticeship [from forests] was needed to sharpen the wits and quicken the higher manifestations of intellect - a more open veldt country where competition was keener between swiftness and stealth, and where adroitness of thinking played a preponderating role in the preservation of the species." - Raymond Dart

"We have made, and still are making, enormous advances on material lines. It is necessary that we commensurately advance on moral lines. Civilization, as it progresses, requires a higher conscience, a keener sense of justice, a warmer brotherhood, a wider, loftier, truer public spirit." - Henry George

"Imagination seems to be a glory and a misery, a blessing and a curse. Adam, to his sorrow, lacked it. Eve, to her sorrow, possessed it. Had both been blessed - or cursed - with it, there would have been much keener competition for the apple." - Stella Benson

"People don't know the value of what they have until it is gone: Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.... Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude. Don't wait till freedom is gone before you enjoy, value, support, protect and make the most of it!" - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Our minds must relax: they will rise better and keener after rest. Just as you must not force fertile farmland, as uninterrupted productivity will soon exhaust it, so constant effort will sap our mental vigour, while a short period of rest and relaxation will restore our powers. Unremitting effort leads to a kind of mental dullness and lethargy." - Seneca the Younger

"I confess to wincing every so often at a poorly chosen word, a mangled sentence, an expression of emotion that seems indulgent or overly practiced. I have the urge to cut the book by fifty pages or so, possessed as I am with a keener appreciation for brevity." - Barack Obama

"In no other country in the world is the love of property keener or more alert than in the United States, and nowhere else does the majority display less inclination toward doctrines which in any way threaten the way property is owned." - Alexis De Tocqueville

"Since puberty I've always had this strange awareness that all the keener experiences I would have in my life would happen later than it would to my contemporaries. When it came to the career thing, I never worried about it. It's better if you're still peaking when you're 60, which I feel I am." - Richard Griffiths

"I am one of the most successful economists, according to what markets tell us, though most of my professional colleagues, who are much keener to accept market outcomes than I am, would dismiss me as a crank or - the worst of all abuses among economists - a 'sociologist.'" - Hajoon Chang

"Young Egyptians, gazing through the windows of the Internet, have gained a keener sense than many of their elders of the freedoms and opportunities they lack. They have found in social media a way to interact and share ideas, bypassing, in virtual space, the restrictions placed on physical freedom of assembly." - Mohamed Elbaradei

"There is rest in this world nowhere except in Christ, the manifested love of God. Trust in excellence, and the better you become, the keener is the feeling of deficiency. Wrap up all in doubt, and there is a stern voice that will thunder at last out of the wilderness upon your dream." - Frederick William Robertson

"Marriage has, for its share, usefulness, justice, honour, and constancy; a stale but more durable pleasure. Love is grounded on pleasure alone, and it is indeed more gratifying to the senses, keener and more acute; a pleasure stirred and kept alive by difficulties. There must be a sting and a smart in it. It ceases to be love if it has no shafts and no fire." - Michel De Montaigne

"The true thrift is always to spend on the higher plane; to invest and invest, with keener avarice, that he may spend in spiritualcreation, and not in augmenting animal existence. Nor is the man enriched, in repeating the old experiments of animal sensation; nor unless through new powers and ascending pleasures he knows himself by the actual experience of higher good to be already on the way to the highest." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I never get tired of looking at her [Catherine Keener] and it always surprises me, despite how many hours of film I've shot on that face. She's fantastic. She does comedy and tragedy so equally well. She wears her feeling so on the surface for both. I try to stop myself from casting her but I just keep coming back to her. She's just so fantastic to work with." - Nicole Holofcener

"So, have you been enjoying yourself these days, Kazami?' I'm having lots of fun.' It was true. That made the sense of regret even keener, that this time in my life would soon be a thing of the past. I felt as if I could understand a little of what my mother had been through, and the feelings she may have had at different times. I wasn't a child anymore, and this made me feel awfully lonesome, and utterly alone." - Banana Yoshimoto

"And rural nature is full of the same quickening spirit-it is, in fact, the exhaustless mine from which the poet and the painter have brought such wondrous treasures-an unfailing fountain of intellectual enjoyment, where all may drink, and be awakened to a deeper feeling of the works of genius, and a keener perception of the beauty of our existence. For those whose days are all consumed in the low pursuits of avarice, or the gaudy frivolities of fashion, unobservant of nature's loveliness, are unconscious of the harmony of creation" - Thomas Cole



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