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Samuel Butler (1)

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A Babylonish dialect Which learned pedants much affect.
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The money men make lives after them.
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All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
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Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
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He that complies against his will, Is of his own opinion still.
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Spontaneity is only a term for man's ignorance of the gods
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The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
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Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
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Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
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Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.
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