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Despair, in short, seeks its own environment as surely as water finds its own level.
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(Chicago is) the only major city in the country where you can easily buy your way out of a murder rap.
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(Discussing the issue of slavery) - I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
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[The Republicans] offer . . . a detailed agenda for national renewal. . . . [On] reducing illegitimacy . . . the state will use . . . funds for programs to reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies, to promote adoption, to establish and operate children's group homes, to establish and operate residential gr...
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2,400,000 Americans play the accordion - hopefully not at the same time.
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42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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90% of the divorces are initiated by women. That is really odd. Why? What's going on? What's the great discontent at the heart of it?
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90% of the putts that are short don't go in.
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99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
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A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
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A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.
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A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
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A bad liver is to a Frenchman what a nervous breakdown is to an American. Everyone has had one and everyone wants to talk about it.
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A bad penny always turns up.
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A ball player's got to be kept hungry to become a big-leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.
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A battle won is a battle which we will not acknowledge to be lost.
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A Bay Area Bisexual told me I didn't quite coincide with either of her desires.
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A bean in liberty is better than a comfit in prison.
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A beautiful woman moved in next door. So I went over and returned a cup of sugar. You didn't borrow this."I will."
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A beauty is a woman you notice; A charmer is one who notices you.
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A beggarly people, A church and no steeple.
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A behaviourist is someone who pulls habits out of rats.
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A bellyful is one of meat, drink, or sorrow.
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A benefit cited by way of reproach is equivalent to an injury.
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A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.
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A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
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A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.
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A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
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A blot in thy scutcheon to all futurity.
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A blow to the head will confuse a man's thinking, a blow to the foot has no such effect, this cannot be the result of an immaterial soul.
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A bold bad man.
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A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.
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A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.
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A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
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A book is like a man - clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For every flowering thought there will be a page like a wet and mangy mongrel, and for every looping flight a tap on the wing and a reminder that wax cannot hold the feathers firm too near the sun.
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A book is never a masterpiece: it becomes one. Genius is the talent of a dead man.
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A bore is a fellow talking who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change it back to yours.
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A brilliant liar; he has total recall.
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A broom sweeps clean, and itself becomes soiled; cleanse yourself of those offenses of which you may feel guilty.
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A brute without a single redeeming point.
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A Cadmean victory. [The conquerors suffer as much as the conquered, later called a Pyrrhic victory.]
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A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status--all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a th...
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A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn't know.
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A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston Pass. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals.
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A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
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A certain kind of rich man afflicted with the symptoms of moral dandyism sooner or later comes to the conclusion that it isn't enough merely to make money. He feels obliged to hold views, to espouse causes and elect Presidents, to explain to a trembling world how and why the world went wrong. The sp...
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A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.
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A champion views resistance as a gift of energy.
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A change of opinions is almost unknown in an elderly military man.
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A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.
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A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.
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A cheque or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.
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A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice - but as yet unstained.
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A child is not a salmon mousse. A child is a temporarily disabled and stunted version of a larger person, whom you will someday know. Your job is to help them overcome the disabilities associated with their size and inexperience so that they get on with being that larger person.
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A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
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A child miseducated is a child lost.
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A child must feel the flush of victory and the heart-sinking of disappointment before he takes with a will to the tasks distasteful to him and resolves to dance his way through a dull routine of textbooks.
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A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
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A child understands fear and the hurt and hate it brings.
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A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.
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A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.
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A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
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A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?
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A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.
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A city [Paris] where great ideas perish, done to death by a witticism.
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A civil guest will no more talk all, than eat all the feast.
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A civilization is destroyed only when its gods are destroyed.
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A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
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A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.
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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
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A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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A Code of Honour: Never approach a friend's girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonourable behaviour. Unless she's really attractive.
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A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.
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A committee is an animal with four back legs.
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A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.
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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.
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A companion's words of persuasion are effective.
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A company of tyrants is inaccessible to all seductions.
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A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
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A concept is stronger than a fact.
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A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
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A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.
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A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
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A conservative is a man who is too cowardly to fight and too fat to run.
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A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our...
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A constitution to be maintained intact must be the achievement and the pride of the people themselves; must rest on their own free will and on their determination to sustain it, instead of being something resident in another land whose chief representative is an armed force - armed not to protect th...
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A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.
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A coole mouth, and warme feet, live long.
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A councillor ought not to sleep the whole night through, a man to whom the populace is entrusted, and who has many responsibilities.
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A countenance inconceivably forbidding.
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A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
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A country survives its legislation. That truth should not comfort the conservative nor depress the radical. For it means that public policy can enlarge its scope and increase its audacity, can try big experiments without trembling too much over the result. This nation could enter upon the most radic...
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A country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms.
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A courage which looks easy and yet is rare; the courage of a teacher repeating day after day the same lessons - the least rewarded of all forms of courage.
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A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage.
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A coward turns away, but a brave man's choice is danger.
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A cowboy is a farm boy in leather britches and a comical hat.
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A cowboy is a hired hand on the middle of a horse contemplating the hind end of a cow.
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A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
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A critic is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased - he hates all creative people equally.
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A critic is one who leaves no turn unstoned.
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A crooked log makes a strait fire.
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A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run.
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A cult is any group that has a form of godliness, but does not recognize Jesus Christ as the unique son of God... One test of a cult is that it often does not strictly teach that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who Himself is God manifested in the flesh... Christian-oriented cults include the ...
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A cultured person is one who can entertain himself, entertain guests, and entertain ideas.
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A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
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A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
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A day may sink or save a realm.
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A day without a pun is a day without sunshine; there is gloom for improvement.
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A daydream is a meal at which images are eaten. Some of us are gourmets, some gourmands, and a good many take their images precooked out of a can and swallow them down whole, absent-mindedly and with little relish.
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A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
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A decent boldness ever meets with friends.
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A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and unskilled labour.
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A democracy is more than a form of government; it is primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience.
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A desert is a place without expectation.
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A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possible be alive.
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A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
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A diplomat tells you what he don't believe himself, and the man he's tellin' it to don't believe him, so it balances. Diplomats meet and eat, then rush out and wire their Government they've completely fooled the other fella.
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A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.
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A director is a choreographer, both politically and creatively.
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A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.
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A dish fit for the gods.
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A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
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A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
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A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
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A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe what he can.
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A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
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A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
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A dozen direct censures are easier to bear than one morganatic compliment.
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A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
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A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
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A dry soul is wisest and best.
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A dwarf on a giant's shoulders sees farther of the two.
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A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
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A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
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A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.
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A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.
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A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.
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A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
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A fake fortune-teller can be tolerated. But an authentic soothsayer should be shot on sight. Cassandra did not get half the kicking around she deserved.
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A family unity which is only bound together with a table-cloth is of questionable value.
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A family's photograph album is generally about the extended family and, often, is all that remains of it.
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A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.
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A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
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A fast word about oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me and she said no.
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A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
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A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.
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A father's and a mother's age must be borne in mind; with joy on the one hand, fear on the other.
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A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
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A feather in hand is better then a bird in the ayre [air].
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A feeble body weakens the mind.
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A feeble dart short of its mark.
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A few honest men are better than numbers.
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A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.
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A few people have ventured to imitate Shakespeare's tragedy. But no audacious spirit has dreamed or dared to imitate Shakespeare's comedy. No one has made any real attempt to recover the loves and the laughter of Elizabethan England. The low dark arches, the low strong pillars upon which Shakespeare...
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A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
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A fickle and capricious woman.
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A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
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A film is
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A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
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A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.
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A finer body of men has never been gathered by any nation than the men who have done the work of building the Panama Canal; the conditions under which they have lived and have done their work have been better than in any similar work ever undertaken in the tropics; they have all felt an eager pride ...
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A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
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A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
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A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
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A flattened and drying daffodil was dangling off the little card that I had made my aunt Atie for Mother's day. I pressed my palm over the flower and squashed it against the plain beige cardboard. When I turned the corner near the house, I saw her sitting in an old rocker in the yard, staring at a g...
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A fool and his money are soon parted.
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A fool and his money are soon partying.
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A fool bolts pleasure, then complains of moral indigestion.
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A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
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A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
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A fool's paradise is a wise man's hell!
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A forest bird never wants a cage.
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A formal education can sometimes be broadening but more often merely flattens.
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A former student of ours (I say former because he shall never, under any circumstances, be enrolled as a student here again) who has been expelled for a most serious defection from our strictest rules of deportment.
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A fox should not be of the jury at a goose's trial.
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A fox smells its own lair first. and A fox smells its own stink first.
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A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
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A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
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A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.
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A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday. As to the morrow, time enough to consider it when it becomes today.
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A friend in need is a friend indeed.
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A friend in power is a friend lost.
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A friend is a gift you give yourself.
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A friend is a second self.
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A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.
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A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.
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A friend must not be injured, even in jest.
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A friend of mine once sent me a post card with a picture of the entire planet Earth taken from space. On the back it said, "Wish you were here."
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A functioning police state needs no police.
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A garden should be in a constant state of fluid change, expansion, experiment, adventure; above all it should be an inquisitive, loving, but self-critical journey on the part of its owner.
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A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
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A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth - and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases.
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A generation which ignores history has no past - and no future.
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A genius is always on duty; even his dreams are tax deductible.
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A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.
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A gentle knight was pricking on the plaine.
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A gentleman doesn't pounce he glides. If a woman sits on a piece of furniture which permits your sitting beside her, you are free to regard this as an invitation, though not an unequivocal one.
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A gentleman is calm and spacious: the vulgar are always fretting.
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A gentleman wishes to be slow to speak and quick to act.
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A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instrument...
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A girl who can't dance says the band can't play.
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A girl with brains ought to do something else with them besides think.
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A goal is a dream with a deadline.
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A god could hardly love and be wise.
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A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.
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A good beginning makes a good ending.
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A good book is a kind of paper club, serving to rouse the slumberous and to silence the obtuse.
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A good cause can become bad if we fight for it with means that are indiscriminatingly murderous. A bad cause can become good if enough people fight for it in a spirit of comradeship and self-sacrifice. In the end it is how you fight, as much as why you fight, that makes your cause good or bad.
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A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'
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A good conscience is a continual feast.
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A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
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A good deed never goes unpunished.
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A good friend is my nearest relation.
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A good garden may have some weeds.
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A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.
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A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
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A good husband makes a good wife.
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A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
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A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is.
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A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
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A good marriage is at least 80 percent good luck in finding the right person at the right time. The rest is trust.
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A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.
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A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
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A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.
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A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
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A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.
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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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A good opportunity is seldom presented, and is easily lost.
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A good part--and definitely the most fun part--of being a feminist is about frightening men.
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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.
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A good reputation is more valuable than money.
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A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.
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A good soul like a good body should be as unobtrusive as possible; in so far as it functions properly, it should not be noticed for good or for ill.
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A good surgeon operates with his hand, not with his heart.
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A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
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A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
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A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
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A good writer must have more than vin rose in his veins, use more than Chablis for ink.
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A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.
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A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.
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A graceful and pleasing figure is a perpetual letter of recommendation.
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A grave blockhead should always go about with a lively one--they shew one another off to the best advantage.
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A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
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A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.
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A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.
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A great fortune enslaves its owner.
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A great fortune is a great slavery.
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A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
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A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate.
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A great part of the pleasure of travel lies in the fulfilment of early wishes to escape the family and especially the father.
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A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
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A grouch escapes so many little annoyances that it almost pays to be one.
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A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday.
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A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly.
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A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
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A guilty conscience never feels secure.
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A half truth is a whole lie.
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A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing. It takes something from the world and has something to give in return.
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A hard man is good to find.
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A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation.
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A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.
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A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.
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A heart set on love will do no wrong.
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A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
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A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
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A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.
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A highbrow is the kind of person who looks at a sausage and thinks of Picasso.
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A hippo does not have a sting in its tail, but a wise man would still rather be sat on by a bee.
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A hired horse a tired horse never.
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A hit, a very palpable hit.
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A home from which you can be ejected at any time is no true home.
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A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.
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A home without books is a body without soul.
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A homely face and no figure have aided many women heavenward.
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A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
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A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
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A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
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A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
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A hotel is a place that keeps the manufacturers of 25-watt bulbs in business.
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A house is a machine for living in.
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A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerality of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action.
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A human being is a naturally political animal.
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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal d...
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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, progr...
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A humanitarian is always a hypocrite.
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A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colours would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age.
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A hundred times have I thought New York is a catastrophe . . . it is a beautiful catastrophe.
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A hundredload of worry will not pay an ounce of debt.
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A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there -- even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
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A hungry man is not a free man.
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A husband is a guy who tells you when you've got on too much lipstick and helps you with your girdle when your hips stick.
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A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.
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A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
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A jack of all trades is master of none.
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A jest's prosperity lies in the ear - Of him that hears it, never in the tongue - Of him that makes it.
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A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
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A judge is a law student who grades his own papers.
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A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last, and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing.
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A jug fills drop by drop.
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A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
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A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
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A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society.
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A just war.
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A kind - Of excellent dumb discourse.
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A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
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A kind of semi-Solomon, half-knowing everything, from the cedar to the hyssop.
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A kindness spontaneously offered to him who needs it, is doubly gratifying.
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A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever, and generally stopping before it gets there.
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A lady barber who made good.
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A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.
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A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
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A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous, and liberal man.
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A large part of the popularity and persuasiveness of psychology comes from its being a sublimated spiritualism: a secular, ostensibly scientific way of affirming the primacy of spirit over matter.
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A laudation in Greek is of marvellous efficacy on the title-page of a book.
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A law can be both economic folly and constitutional.
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A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table.
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A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
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A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.
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A leader leads from in front, by the power of example. A ruler pushes from behind, by means of the club, the whip, the power of fear.
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A lean compromise is better than a fat lawsuit.
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A lean sorrow is hardest to bear.
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A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.
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A leech that will not quit the skin until sated with blood.
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A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
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A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.
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A liberal is a power worshipper without the power.
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A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
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A lie can be halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on.
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A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
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A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
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A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable.
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A life of action, if it is to be useful, must be a life of compromise. But speculation admits of no compromise. A public man is often under the necessity of consenting to measures which he dislikes, lest he should endanger the success of measures which he thinks of vital importance.
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A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last.
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A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.
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A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-lantern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next.
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A life without tragedy would not be worth living.
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A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.
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A Liquorice Bootlace is not round. It's like a flat tape about half an inch wide. You buy it rolled up in a coil.
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A little credulity helps one on through life very smoothly.
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A little foolishness, enough to enjoy life, and a little wisdom to avoid the errors, that will do.
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A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation.
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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
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A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
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A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills.
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A little month.
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A little more patience, a little more charity for all, a little more devotion, a little more love; with less bowing down to the past, and a silent ignoring of pretended authority; brave looking forward to the future with more faith in our fellows, and the race will be ripe for a great burst of light...
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A little more than kin, and less than kind.
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A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
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A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
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A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
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A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery.
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A little wine sometimes, that's all. Spirits bad. Alcohol wrong. Herb does grow.
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A loaded wagon makes no noise.
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A lonely man is a lonesome thing, a stone, a bone, a stick, a receptacle for Gilbey's gin, a stooped figure sitting at the edge of a hotel bed, heaving copious sighs like the autumn wind.
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A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain - then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system?
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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
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A loss, of which we are ignorant, is no loss.
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A lot of good love can happen in ten years.
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A lot of people refuse to do things because they don't want to go naked, don't want to go without guarantee. But that's what's got to happen. You go naked until you die.
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A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
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A loud noise at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
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A louse in the locks of literature.
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A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak.
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A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
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A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.
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A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house.
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A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all. Circumspection and devotion are a contradiction in terms.
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A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
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A lucky man is rarer than a white crow.
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A magazine or a newspaper is a shop. Each is an experiment and represents a new focus, a new ratio between commerce and intellect.
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A Mahler symphony is full of surprises - but each surprise, on second hearing, turns out to be an inevitable surprise.
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A man assumes that a woman's refusal is just part of a game. Or, at any rate, a lot of men assume that. When a man says no, it's no. When a woman says no, it's yes, or at least maybe. There is even a joke to that effect. And little by little, women begin to believe in this view of themselves.
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A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
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A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
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A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him.
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A man can die but once.
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A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat . . . but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.
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A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.
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A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.
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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
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A man cannot be wise enough to be a great artist without being wise enough to wish to be a great philosopher. A man cannot have the energy to produce good art without having the energy to pass beyond it. A small artist is content with art; a great artist is content with nothing except everything.
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A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.
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A man convinced against his will is not convinced.
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A man does not insist on physical beauty in a woman who builds up his morale. After a while he realizes that she is beautiful - he just hadn't noticed it at first.
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A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know.
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A man gazing at the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
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A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him.
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A man has every season while a woman only has the right to spring. That disgusts me.
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A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.
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A man has only a limited number of ways in which he can express strong emotions or violent passions. He uses the same gestures as when what he feels is only petty and unimportant. He utters the same ordinary words.
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A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self-in the mirror of some woman's eyes.
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A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
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A man imagines a happy marriage as a marriage of love; even if he makes fun of marriages that are without love, or feels sorry for lovers who are without marriage.
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A man in all the world's new fashion planted, - That hath a mint of phrases in his brain.
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A man in love is like a clipped coupon - it's time to cash in.
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A man in public life expects to be sneered at - it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.
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A man in the house is worth two in the street.
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A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
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A man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
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A man is accepted into church for what he believes - and turned out for what he knows.
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A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares.
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A man is born free.
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A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
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A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.
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A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.
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A man is known by the books he reads.
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A man is known by the company he keeps.
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A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.
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A man is not aware of his virtues (if any). Nevertheless, one hopes that they exist.
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A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
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A man is not good or bad for one action.
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A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas, any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers.
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A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
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A man is not paid for having a head and hands, but for using them.
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A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.
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A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
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A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
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A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
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A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.
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A man may and ought to pride himself more on his will than on his talent.
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A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.
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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
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A man must eat a peck of salt with his friend, before he knows him.
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A man must make his opportunity, as oft as find it.
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A man must marry only a very pretty woman in case he should ever want some other man to take her off his hands.
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A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.
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A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
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A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
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A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
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A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.
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A man possessed of splendid talents, which he often abused, and of a sound judgment, the admonitions of which he often neglected; a man who succeeded only in an inferior department of his art, but who in that department succeeded pre-eminently.
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A man says what he knows, a woman says what will please.
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A man should be taller, older, heavier, uglier, and hoarser than his wife.
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A man should never boast of his courage, nor a woman of her virtue, lest their doing so should be the cause of calling their possession of them into question.
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A man should not be without morals; it is better to have bad morals than none at all.
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A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.
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A man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. He sits on a hot stove for a minute, it's longer than any hour. That is relativity.
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A man suffers death himself as often as he loses those dear to him.
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A man that studieth revenge keeps his own wounds green.
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A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.
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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
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A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
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A man who has been the indisputable favourite of his mother keeps for life the feeling of a conqueror.
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A man who has humility will have acquired in the last reaches of his beliefs the saving doubt of his own certainty.
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A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.
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A man who has no assured and ever present belief in the existence of a personal God or of future existence with retribution and reward, can have for his rule of life, as far as I can see, only to follow those impulses and instincts which are the strongest or which seem to him the best ones.
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A man who has no enemies has no friends.
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A man who has no fear can do anything he wants.
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A man who hasn't had much experience, and doesn't think, is apt to measure a nation's prosperity or lack of prosperity by the mere size of the prevailing wages: if the wages be high, the nation is prosperous; if low, it isn't. Which is an error. It isn't what sum you get, it's how much you can buy w...
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A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
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A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
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A man who lives with nature is used to violence and is companionable with death. There is more violence in an English hedgerow than in the meanest streets of a great city.
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A man who marries a woman to educate her falls a victim to the same fallacy as the woman who marries a man to reform him.
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A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain.
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A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.
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A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
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A man will renounce any pleasures you like but he will not give up his suffering.
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A man will teach his wife what is needed to arouse his desires. And there is no reason for a woman to know any more than what her husband is prepared to teach her. If she gets married knowing far too much about what she wants and doesn't want then she will be ready to find fault with her husband.
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A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.
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A man without a horse is like a man without a weapon: stunted and Naked.
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A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.
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A man without passion would be like a body without a soul. Or even more grotesque, like a soul without a body.
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A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
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A man's character is his fate.
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A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.
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A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.
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A man's duty? To be ready - with rifle or rood - to defend his home when the showdown comes.
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A man's errors are his portals of discovery.
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A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; No religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
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A man's face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man's thoughts and aspirations.
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A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
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A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
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A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
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Learning is achieved only in company.
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A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
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A man's home is his castle.
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A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.
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A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
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A man's labour is not only his capital but his life. When it passes it returns never more. To utilise it, to prevent its wasteful squandering, to enable the poor man to bank it up for use hereafter, this surely is one of the most urgent tasks before civilisation.
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A man's library is a sort of harem.
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A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.
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A man's moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.
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A man's most open actions have a secret side to them.
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A man's only as old as the woman he feels.
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A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
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A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life.
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A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.
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A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
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A marriage based on full confidence, based on complete and unqualified frankness on both sides; they are not keeping anything back; there's no deception underneath it all. If I might so put it, it's an agreement for the mutual forgiveness of sin.
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A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine, except that on a day without sunshine you can still get drunk.
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A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
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A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men.
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A miss is as good as a mile
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A modern vegetarian is also a teetotaler, yet there is no obvious connection between consuming vegetables and not consuming fermented vegetables. A drunkard, when lifted laboriously out of the gutter, might well be heard huskily to plead that he had fallen there through excessive devotion to a veget...
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A molehill man is a pseudo-busy executive who comes to work at 9 am and finds a molehill on his desk. He has until 5 pm to make this molehill into a mountain. An accomplished molehill man will often have his mountain finished before lunch.
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A morning sunne, and a wine-bred child, and a latin-bred woman, seldome end well.
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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
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A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels t...
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A mother who is really a mother is never free.
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A mother's sorrow is more true, honourable, and beautiful than the detachment of the sage.
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A motion to adjourn is always in order.
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A mule will labour ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.
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A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal.
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A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.
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A nail is driven out by another nail, habit is overcome by habit.
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A narcissist is someone better-looking than you are.
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A nation is the same people living in the same place.
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A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
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A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
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A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.
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A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.
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A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
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A nation's budget is full of moral implications; it tells what a society cares about and what it does not care about; it tells what its values are.
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A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers, they arouse and animate our own people.
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A new breeze is blowing--and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on: there is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken.
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A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.
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A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
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A new kind of award has been added--the deathbed award. It is not an award of any kind. Either the recipient has not acted at all, or was not nominated, or did not win the award the last few times around. It is intended to relieve the guilty conscience of the Academy members and save face in front o...
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A new star with a tremendous national appeal, the skill of a consummate showman.
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A new town was only the same town in a different place.
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A nickel isn't worth a dime today.
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A night with Venus and a life with mercury.
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A noble craft, but somehow a most melancholy! All noble things are touched with that.
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A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
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A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
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A nuclear war can ruin your whole day
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A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.
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A page of history is worth a volume of logic.
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A pair of spurs to a borrowed horse is better than a peck of oats.
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A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over.
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A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.
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A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.
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A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
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A pauper traveller will sing before a beggar.
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A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and and not by a but.
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A penny saved is a penny earned.
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A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
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A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
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A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.
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A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.
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A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.
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A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
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A person of definite character and purpose who comprehends our way of thought is sure to exert power over us. He cannot altogether be resisted; because, if he understands us, he can make us understand him, through the word, the look, or other symbol, which both of us connect with the common sentimen...
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A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.
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A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
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A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
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A person who is of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
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A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street.
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A pessimist? That's a person who has been intimately acquainted with an optimist.
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A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
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A philosopher might find the general work unsophisticated, and scientists are often bemused by esoteric talk of zombies, supervenience, and possible worlds.
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A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
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A photograph is usually looked at -- seldom looked into.
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A pinch of notoriety will do.
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A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.
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A plague o' both your houses!
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A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to ha...
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A pleasing countenance is a silent commendation.
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A poem . . . begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. . . . It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
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A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
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A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
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A poet is a combination of an instrument and a human being in one person, with the former gradually taking over the latter. The sensation of this takeover is responsible for timbre; the realization of it, for destiny.
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A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
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A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
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A political leader must keep looking over his shoulder all the time to see if the boys are still there. If they aren't still there, he's no longer a political leader.
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A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.
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A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
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A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot.
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A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye.
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A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
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A poor, weak, palsy-stricken, churchyard thing.
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A position of dignity is more easily improved upon than acquired.
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A pot of milk is ruined by a drop of poison.
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A practical joker deserves applause for his wit according to its quality. Bastinado is about right. For exceptional wit one might grant keelhauling. But staking out on an anthill should be reserved for the very wittiest.
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A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride.
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A pretty girl can do no wrong.
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A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.
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A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
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A prince without letters is a Pilot without eyes. All his government is groping.
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A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
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A problem is a chance for you to do your best.
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A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank.
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A proper autobiography is a death-bed confession.
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A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
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A protest song is a song that's so specific that you cannot mistake it for bullshit.
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A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
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A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.
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A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
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A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue.
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A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
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A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.
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A race cannot be purified from without.
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A railroad station? That was sort of a primitive airport, only you didn't have to take a cab miles out of town to reach it.
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A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send cheques to radio s...
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A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.
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A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
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A real leader faces the music, even when he doesn't like the tune.
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A really well-made buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.
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A relentless talent for tactlessness.
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A religion, even if it calls itself a religion of love, must be hard and unloving to those who do not belong to it.
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A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There's nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I've done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom - it's gone.
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A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.
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A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.
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A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
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A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money.
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A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.
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A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.
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A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful? holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. Yet, added he, none of you can tell where it pinches me.
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A rooster has great influence on his own dunghill.
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A route differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. A route has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely from the two points that it connects. A road is a tribute to space. Every stretch...
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A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
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A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech.
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A satellite has no conscience.
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A scene has to have a rhythm of its own, a structure of its own.
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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
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A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
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A search is a search, even if it happens to disclose nothing but the bottom of a turntable.
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A second wife is hateful to the children of the first; a viper is not more hateful.
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A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.
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A series is filled with compromises.
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A serpent is a serpent, and none the less a viper, because it is nestled in the bosom of an honest-hearted man.
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A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.
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A ship ought not to be held by one anchor, nor life by a single hope.
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A short absence is the safest.
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A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
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A simple and proper function of government is just to make it easy for us to do good and difficult for us to do wrong.
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A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron.
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A single blow must destroy the enemy... without regard of losses... a gigantic all-destroying blow.
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A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.
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A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.
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A single friar [Martin Luther] who goes counter to all Christianity for a thousand years must be wrong.
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A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors.
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A single shelf of a good European library is worth the whole native literature of India.
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A sip is the most that mortals are permitted from any goblet of delight.
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A skeptic finds Dallas absurd. A cynic thinks the public doesn't.
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A skunk is better company than a person who prides himself on being frank.
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A sly piece of good luck, which nobody knows of is delightful.
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A Smack in the mouth often offends
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A small demerit extinguishes a long service.
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A small rock holds back a great wave.
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A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.
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A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.
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A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear children's speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. . . . Children have been treated . . . as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers.
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A society that has made nostalgia" a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today. "
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A sociologist is a scientist who blames crime on everything and everyone, except the person who commits it.
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A soiled baby, with a neglected nose, cannot be conscientiously regarded as a thing of beauty.
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A solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.
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A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.
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A solved problem creates two new problems, and the best prescription for happy living is not to solve any more problems than you have to.
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A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair.
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A son is a son 'til he takes him a wife; a daughter's a daughter all her life.
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A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.
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A sort of war of revenge on the intellect is what, for some reason, thrives in the contemporary social atmosphere.
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A sound mind in a sound body is a thing to be prayed for.
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A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.
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A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
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A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism.
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A stand can be taken against an army of men, but no stand can be made against an invasion of an idea.
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A state that denies its citizens their basic rights becomes a danger to its neighbors as well: internal arbitrary rule will be reflected in arbitrary external relations. The suppression of public opinion, the abolition of public competition for power and its public exercise opens the way for the sta...
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A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
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A stern discipline pervades all nature, which is a little cruel that it may be very kind.
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A stitch in time saves nine.
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A straight line is the shortest in morals as in mathematics.
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A strange and somewhat impassive physiognomy is often, perhaps, an advantage to an orator, or leader of any sort, because it helps to fix the eye and fascinate the mind.
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A stranger would think that the people of the United States had no other occupation than electioneering.
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A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.
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A stream cannot rise larger than its source.
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A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.
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A strong egoism is a protection against disease, but in the last resort we must begin to love in order that we may not fall ill, and must fall ill if, in consequence of frustration, we cannot love.
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A study of the history of opinion is a necessary preliminary to the emancipation of the mind.
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A studying imagination comes into man, which is the devil for it is the cause of all evil, and sorrows in the World; that is he who puts out the eyes of mans Knowledge and tells him he must beleeve what others have writ or spoke, and not trust his own experience.
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Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things. Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.
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A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.
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A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them.
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A sudden bold and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
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A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
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A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech.
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A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
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A Supreme Court ruling is not the Law of the United States. The law of the United Sates is the Constitution, treaties made in accordance with the Constitution, and laws duly enacted by the Congress and signed by the president. And any of those things I would uphold totally with all of my strength, w...
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A suspicious mind always looks on the black side of things.
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A sweeping statement is the only statement worth listening to. The critic without faith gives balanced opinions, usually about second-rate writers.
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A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.
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A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.
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A system in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour's wife.
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A talent for drama is not a talent for writing, but is an ability to articulate human relationships.
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A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
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A task becomes a duty from the moment you suspect it to be an essential part of that integrity which alone entitles a man to assume responsibility.
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A taste for simplicity cannot endure for long.
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A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
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A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.
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A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it. (Attributed)
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A thing either is what it appears to be; or it is not, but yet appears to be; or it is, but does not appear to be; or it is not, and does not appear to be.
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A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
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A thing may be too sad to be believed or too wicked to be believed or too good to be believed; but it cannot be too absurd to be believed in this planet of frogs and elephants, of crocodiles and cuttle-fish.
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A thing worth having is worth cheating for.
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A third Cato has dropped from the skies.
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A third heir seldom profits by ill-gotten wealth.
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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
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A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all.
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A time of historic change is no time for recklessness.
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A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
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A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an intellectual - find out how he feels about astrology.
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A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed.
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A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.
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A traveller of taste will notice that the wise are polite all over the world, but the fool only at home.
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A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at?
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A true conservative must Necessarily be a conservation list.
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A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
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A true friend stabs you in the front.
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A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
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A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
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A trust is an obligation of conscience of one to the will of another.
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A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.
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A tuck-box is a small pinewood trunk which is very strongly made, and no boy has ever gone as a boarder to an English Prep School without one.
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A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
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A universe with a God would look quite different from a universe without one. A physics, a biology where there is a God is bound to look different. So the most basic claims of religion are scientific. Religion is a scientific theory.
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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
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A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: I don't know and I don't care. (Pacific Computer Weekly, 20 July 1990)
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A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
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A very ancient and fish-like smell.
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A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
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A virtuous wife commands her husband by obeying him.
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A wasted youth is better by far than a wise and productive old age.
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A watched kettle never boils.
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A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.
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A wedding is one of the most lamentable spectacles on earth.
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A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.
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A well made Martini or Gibson, correctly chilled and nicely served, has been more often my true friend than any two-legged creature.
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A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.
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A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
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A whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor man.
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A White House well filled, a little peanut field well tilled, and a wife who will go to the Bronx are great riches.
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A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction.
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A wise man is he who does not grieve for the thing which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
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A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behaviour is patience and moderation.
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A wise man learns by the experience of others. An ordinary man learns by his own experience. A fool never learns.
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A wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn
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A wise man turns chance into good fortune.
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A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
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A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
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A wit should no more be sincere, than a woman constant; one argues a decay of parts, as t'other of beauty.
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A witty saying proves nothing.
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A woman asking Am I good? Am I satisfied?
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A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her... but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.
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A woman can look both moral and exciting - if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
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A woman cannot be herself in the society of the present day, which is an exclusively masculine society, with laws framed by men and with judicial system that judges feminine conduct from a masculine point of view.
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A woman drove me to drink and I never had the courtesy to thank her.
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A woman either loves of hates.
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A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke.
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A Woman is home caring for her children! even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A Woman blames her mother for luring her into it, while ensuring that her own daughter never gets out; she recoils from the idea of sisterhood and doesn't believe women have friends, because it probably mean...
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A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
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A woman is most merciless when shame goads on her hate.
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A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
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A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
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A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.
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A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
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A woman should be good for everything at home, but abroad good for nothing.
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A woman should say: Have I made him happy? Is he satisfied? Does he love me more than he loved me before? Is he likely to go to bed with another woman?
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A woman the leader of the enterprise.
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A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
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A woman who has made fun of her husband can love him no more.
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A woman who is loved always has success.
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A woman who looks like a girl and thinks like a man is the best sort, the most enjoyable to be and the most pleasurable to have and to hold.
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A woman will flirt with anyone in the world, so long as other women are looking on.
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A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.
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A woman, as much as a man, is responsible by the age of forty for the character of her face. But women, obeying the biological imperative, strive harder to preserve a youthful appearance (the reproductive look) and lose it sooner.
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A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
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A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
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A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.
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A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
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A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.
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A woman's work is never done.
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A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.
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A word as to the education of the heart. We don't believe that this can be imparted through books; it can only be imparted through the loving touch of the teacher.
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A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
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A word spoken is past recalling.
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A word to the wise ain't necessary.
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A word too much always defeats its purpose.
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A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.
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A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
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A worker may be the hammer's master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
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A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; - But were we burdened with like weight of pain, - As much or more we should ourselves complain.
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A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.
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A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer.
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A writer never reads his work. For him, it is the unreadable, a secret, and he cannot remain face to face with it. A secret, because he is separated from it.
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A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
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A writer who writes, "I am alone" . . . can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to o...
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A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
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A young man is embarrassed to question an older one.
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A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.
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A young man's ambition is to get along in the world and make a place for himself - half your life goes that way, till you're forty-five or fifty. Then, if you're lucky, you make terms with life, you get released.
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A youth who can't hit a cathedral at thirty yards with a Gatling gun in three-quarters of an hour, can take up an old empty musket and bag his grandmother every time, at a hundred.
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Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here. Italian: Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate.
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Abasement: n. A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth of power. Peculiarly appropriate in an employee when addressing an employer.
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Abatis: n. Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside.
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Abdomen: n. The temple of the god Stomach, in whose worship, with sacrificial rights, all true men engage. From women this ancient faith commands but a stammering assent. They sometimes minister at the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence for the one deity that men really ...
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Ability: n. The natural equipment to accomplish some small part of the meaner ambitions distinguishing able men from dead ones. In the last analysis ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
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Abnormal: adj. Not conforming to standard. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested. Wherefore the lexicographer adviseth a striving toward the straiter [sic] resemblance of the Average Man.
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Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. As millionaires increase, pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers.
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Abolition of a woman's right to abortion, when and if she wants it, amounts to compulsory maternity: form of rape by the State.
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Aboriginies: n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.
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Abortion doesn't belong in the political arena. It's a private right, like many other rights concerning the family.
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About eighty to ninety per cent of the population must be rated about as high in ego-security as the most secure individuals in our society, who comprise perhaps five or ten per cent at most.
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About half a million Iraqi children have died as a result of the sanctions. Of them, Madeleine Albright, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, famously said, It's a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it. Moral equivalence was the term that was used to denounce those of us who cr...
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About one-half of the members of Congress are seekers for office at the nomination of the President. Of the remainder, at least one-half have some appointment or favor to ask for their relatives.
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About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
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Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to, convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.
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Above all, we know that although Americans can be led to make great sacrifices, they do not like to be driven.
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Above all, we must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people.
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Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
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Abridge: v.t. To shorten. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Oliver Cromwell
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Abrupt: adj. Sudden, without ceremony, like the arrival of a cannon-shot and the departure of the soldier whose interests are most affected by it.
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Abscond: v.i. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
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Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
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Absent: adj. Peculiarly exposed to the tooth of detraction; vilifed; hopelessly in the wrong; superseded in the consideration and affection of another.
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Absentee: n. A person with an income who has had the forethought to remove himself from the sphere of exaction.
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Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death.
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Abstainer: n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
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Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.
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Abstract propositions should never be discussed by a legislative body.
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Absurdity: n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.
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Abused patience turns to fury.
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Academe: n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
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Academy: n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.
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Accident counts for much in companionship as in marriage.
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Accident: n. An inevitable occurrence due to the action of immutable natural laws.
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Accomplice: n. One associated with another in a crime, having guilty knowledge and complicity, as an attorney who defends a criminal, knowing him guilty. This view of the attorney's position in the matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no one having offered them a fee for assent...
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Accord: n. Harmony.
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According to a study conducted by economists at the University of Utah, for every percent rise in the jobless rate, homicides increase by. percent, violent crimes by. percent, crimes against property go up. percent, and deaths by heart disease and stroke rise by. and percent, respectively.
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According to the latest polls, most of us - percent - think that we're carrying the rest of the world on our shoulders. So it came as a surprise to me to discover that the United States is last among the industrialized nations in the amount of foreign aid we distribute per capita.
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Accordingly if the devil should say, 'Do not drink,' you should reply to him, 'On this very account, because you forbid it, I shall drink, and what is more, I shall drink a generous amount. Thus one must always do the opposite of that which Satan prohibits. What do you think is my reason for drinkin...
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Accordion: n. An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.
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Account no man happy till he dies.
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Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
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Accountability: n. The mother of caution.
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Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
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Accuse: v.t. To affirm another's guilt or unworth; most commonly as a justification of ourselves for having wronged him.
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Acephalous: adj. In the surprising condition of the Crusader who absently pulled at his forelock some hours after a Saracen scimitar had, unconsciously to him, passed through his neck, as related by de Joinville.
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Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
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Achievement: n. The death of endeavour and the birth of disgust.
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Achilles absent was Achilles still!
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Acknowledge: v.t. To confess. Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.
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Acorns were good till bread was found.
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Acorns were good until bread was found.
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Acquaintance: n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.
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Act nothing in a furious passion. It's putting to sea in a storm.
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Acting is easier - writing is more creative. The lazy man vies with the industrious.
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Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. . . . The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
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Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.
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Acting provides the fulfilment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for.
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Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
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Action is character.
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Action is eloquence.
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Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
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Action is the real measure of intelligence.
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Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
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Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
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Actions receive their tincture from the times, And as they change are virtues made of crimes.
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Actors are loved because they are unoriginal. Actors stick to their script. The unoriginal man is loved by the mediocrity because this kind of artistic" expression is something to which the merest five-eighth can climb. "
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Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
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Actually, I don't consider myself a jazz legend or anything.
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Actually, I think my view is compatible with much of the work going on now in neuroscience and psychology, where people are studying the relationship of consciousness to neural and cognitive processes without really trying to reduce it to those processes.
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Actually, my mother and Alfie came for three weeks' Christmas vacation and stayed for 21 years. I guess my mother never went back because she was lonely.
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Actually, the only memory I have of being a Cub Scout was trying to get my hat back. That was all I did. Run back and forth at my bus stop going "Quit it."
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Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it's empirically so.
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Actually: adv. Perhaps; possibly.
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Adage: n. Boned wisdom for weak teeth.
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Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.
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Adam was but human - this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden. The mistake was in not forbidding the serpent; then he would have eaten the serpent.
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Adam, man's benefactor - he gave him all he has ever received that was worth having - Death.
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Adamant: n. A mineral frequently found beneath a corset. Soluble in solicitate of gold.
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Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
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Adder: n. A species of snake. So called from its habit of adding funeral outlays to the other expenses of living.
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Adherent: n. A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.
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