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Martyrdom covers a multitude of sins.
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When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
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Religion had its share in the changes of civilization and national character, of course. What
share? The lion's.
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To be good is to be noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
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The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
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Pessimist: the optimist who didn't arrive.
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Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
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A nation is only an individual multiplied.
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What then is the true gospel of consistency? Change.
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When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the
old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had
learned in seven years.
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When it comes down to pure ornamental cursing, the native American is gifted above the
sons of men.
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It is better to support schools than jails.
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It seems to me that just in the ratio that our newspapers increase, our morals decay.
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I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way: by sticking strictly to a scheme of life
which would kill anybody else.
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The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like,
and do what you'd druther not.
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The lack of money is the root of all evil.
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The Christian Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same; but the medical practice
changes.
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Some people lie when they tell the truth. I tell the truth lying.
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Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.
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To my mind, that literature is best and most enduring which is characterized by a noble
simplicity.
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I have seen all the foreign countries I want to see except heaven and hell, and I have only a
vague curiosity as concerns one of those.
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It is not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
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True irreverence is disrespect for another man's god.
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Necessity is the mother of "taking chances."
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A classic - something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
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There are many humorous things in the world; among them, the white man's notion that he is
less savage than the other savages.
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An honest man in politics shines more than he would elsewhere.
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If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill came always together, who would escape
hanging?
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Make it a point to do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule
for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
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The church is always trying to get other people to reform. It might not be a bad idea to
reform itself a little by way of example.
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When angry, count four. When very angry, swear.
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Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anyone.
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To be busy is man's only happiness.
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War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet
who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.
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Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws.
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If any man has just merciful and kindly instincts he would be a gentleman, for he would need
nothing else in the world.
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