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Yes, even I am dishonest. Not in many ways, but in some. Forty-one, I think.
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A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.
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Nothing incites to money-crimes like great poverty or great wealth.
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If books are not good company, where will I find it?
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The average man is profoundly ignorant of countries that lie remote from his own.
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By trying, we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
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Most people cannot bear sitting in church for an hour on a Sunday. How are they supposed
to live somewhere very similar to it for an eternity?
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We ought never to do wrong when people are looking.
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One is apt to overestimate beauty when it is rare.
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Damn these human beings; if I had invented them I would go hide my head in a bag.
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The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
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If a man doesn't believe as we do, we say he ia a crank, and that settles it. I mean it does
nowadays, because now we can't burn him.
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It is a talent by itself to pay compliments gracefully and have them ring true. It's an art in
itself.
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Always obey your parents, when they are present. This is the best policy in the long run,
because if you don't they will make you.
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The autocrat of Russia possesses more power than any other man in the earth; but he
cannot stop a sneeze.
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My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders.
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In God We Trust. I don't believe it would sound any better if it were true.
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The principle of give and take is the principle of diplomacy - give one and take ten.
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There ain't no way to find out why a snorer can't hear himself snore.
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Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities;
truth isn't.
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To be vested with enormous authority is a fine thing; but to have the onlooking world
consent to it is a finer.
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Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to
live.
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There are no people who are quite so vulgar as the over-refined ones.
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Where every man has a vote, brutal laws are impossible.
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In the matter of diet I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things which didn't
agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it.
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One frequently only finds out how really beautiful a beautiful woman is after considerable
acquaintance with her.
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To lead a life of undiscovered sin! That is true joy.
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Tom Sawyer is simply a hymn put into prose form to give it a worldly air.
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Whatever a man's age may be, he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored
flower in his buttonhole.
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Do right and you will be conspiciuous.
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That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant,
self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in
journalism on their way to the poorhouse.
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My axiom is, to succeed in business: avoid my example.
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Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
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It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so
rare.
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He had arrived at the point where presently the illusions would cease and he would have
entered upon the realities of life, and God help the man that has arrived at that point.
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To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and
do that very thing.
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Simple rules for saving money: To save half, when you fired by an anger impulse to contribute
to a charity, wait, and count forty. To save three-quarters, count sixty. To save it all, count
sixty-five.
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We begin to swear before we can talk.
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