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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. 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

Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable. - Leo Rosten

Courage is capacity to confront what cannot be imagined. - Leo Rosten

The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make a difference that you lived at all.  - Leo Rosten