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We need never be ashamed of our tears.
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The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.
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Credit is a system whereby a person who can't pay gets another person who can't pay to
guarantee that he can pay.
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Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much
credit in that.
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Poetry makes life what lights and music do the stage.
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The first rule of business is: Do other men for they would do you.
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Train up a fig tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.
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There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.
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A boy's story is the best that is ever told.
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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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Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
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Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of
comfort.
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My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of
time, collar him.
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A word in earnest is as good as a speech.
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I do not know the American gentleman, God forgive me for putting two such words together.
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A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self.
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Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess.
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Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past
misfortunes, of which all men have some.
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There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
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It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
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Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.
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Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
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I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and
diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.
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Money and goods are certainly the best of references.
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We changed again, and yet again, and it was now too late and too far to go back, and I
went on. And the mists had all solemnly risen now, and the world lay spread before me.
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Trifles make the sum of life.
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I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often
and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace,
against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I
love her nonetheless because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if
I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.
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An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
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"Did you ever taste beer?" "I had a sip of it once," said the small servant. "Here's a state of
things!" cried Mr Swiveller, raising his eyes to the ceiling. "She never tasted it - it can't be
tasted in a sip!"
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I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so
many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the
real meaning of the word, without coming here.
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Once a gentleman, and always a gentleman.
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Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and
live entirely surrounded by cows - and china.
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I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.
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