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While imprisoned in the shed Pierre had learned not with his intellect but with his whole being, by life itself, that man is created for happiness, that happiness is within him, in the satisfaction of simple human needs, and that all unhappiness arises not from privation but from superfluity.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
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Wondering Where to Live in Brooklyn?

If you’re like me and you’ve lived in the Manhattan borough of New York City for almost eight years, yet you’ve rarely ventured across the East River to experience what Brooklyn has to offer, and now, because of a huge rent increase, you’re toying with the idea of moving there but have absolutely no idea where to begin looking or know which areas are nice and which are not so nice - have no fear. Anywhere near any of these pins are fine, according the The Scoop iPhone app and it’s designer, John Niedermeyer.

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If there’s a symbol of everything wrong with television news, it’s the focus on Charlie Sheen. Here we have America caught in historic budget debates that could lead to a shut-down of government, and the Middle East is in the midst of an equally historic democratic uprising — and TV “news” is giving a microphone to a fallen drug user with serious personal issues? It all makes me embarrassed for the news media.

Nicholas D. Kristof
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We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins. While there is life there is happiness. There is much, much before us.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
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