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Samuel Butler

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All animals except man know that the ultimate point of life is to enjoy it. -Samuel Butler.
SAMUEL BUTLER
She was scarcely a year older than I was, dark-haired, slender, with a face that would break your he...
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Life is a re-discovery.
BRIAN BLESSED
If you think that life is a celebration full of party poppers and merry go rounds it's not it's a ga...
GARY F EVANS...
Life is a desire!
DEYTH BANGER
I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing ...
JOHN MUIR
Life Is a Misconception.
DEYTH BANGER
If you think that life is a celebration full of party poppers and merry go rounds it's not it's a ga...
GARY F EVANS...
I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.
SARAH J. MAAS
You do what you love, what you need
SARAH J. MAAS
You are the blood of the dragon. You can make a hat.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
When a lot of voices, make up a noise, the man who is silent represents a voice.
APURVA GAGLANI
He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain...
SARAH J. MAAS
Hodor," said Hodor.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
She made a fence of phrases, which seemed a treachery to herself.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold ...
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
The issue isn't whether he loved you, it's how much. Too much. Love can be poison
SARAH J. MAAS
I turned.
Rhysand leaned against the archway into the sitting room, arms crossed, wings nowhere...
SARAH J. MAAS
Rossella, non ho mai avuto la pazienza di raccogliere i frammenti di un oggetto rotto per incollarli...
MARGARET MITCHELL
Life is a risk.
CARMELO ANTHONY
You're still lovely," Mor said a bit gently.
Elain offered a half smile. "I suppose that war m...
SARAH J. MAAS
How lucky I am to have known somebody and something that saying goodbye to is so damned awful.
EVANS G. VALENS
For though to smatter ends of Greek Or Latin be the rhetoric Of pedants counted, and vain-glor...
SAMUEL BUTLER (1)
Anything which interferes with my social life is a no-no.
CILLA BLACK
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Life is a predicament which precedes death.
HENRY JAMES
Empathy is the new measurement of everything. It doesn't matter what religion you have, what God you...
C. JOYBELL C.
Kehidupan perempuan itu sembilan bagian kacau dan satu bagian ajaib, kau akan segera mengetahuinya.....
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
My life is a struggle.
VOLTAIRE
Jaime smiled knowingly. Men will read all sorts of things into a knowing smile if you let them.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
I want to share this bed with you, though," I breathed. "I want you to hold me."
Stars flicker...
SARAH J. MAAS
For me, my life is a journey.
JAY ELECTRONICA
In vain we chisel, as best we can, the mysterious block of which our life is made, the black vein of...
VICTOR HUGO
In vain we chisel, as best we can, the mysterious block of which our life is made, the black vein of...
VICTOR HUGO
Life is not a game. Still, in this life, we choose the games we live to play.
J.R. RIM
All life is a manifestation of the spirit, the manifestation of love.
MORIHEI UESHIBA
Life is a right, not collateral or casual.
SUHEIR HAMMAD
Life is a grand party.
EZRA MILLER
This life is a process of learning.
LAURYN HILL
Life is a lot like skateboarding.
LIL WAYNE
Everybody in life is a chameleon.
MELANIE CHISHOLM
Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.
ANNE WILSON SCHAEF
Life is a mountain of solvable problems, and I enjoy that.
JAMES DYSON
For me, life is a bowl of cherries.
SISSY SPACEK
Life is a school of probability.
WALTER BAGEHOT
Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
PAT CONROY
Life is a journey. When we stop, things don't go right.
POPE FRANCIS
To trust someone you must firstly remember that it is a two way street that will go all the way if y...
GARY F EVANS...
It is a lie.
ARTHUR MILLER
Language is my whore, my mistress, my wife, my pen-friend, my check-out girl. Language is a complime...
STEPHEN FRY
When you spend so long trapped in darkness, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.
SARAH J. MAAS
I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door.
And I was not a mouse.
I ...
SARAH J. MAAS
Julia poured tea gracefully, but it all ran over into the saucers.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
You mistake patience for forbearance.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Be grateful for every moment and every breath.
TERESA COLLINS
The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create ne...
ALFRED JARRY
Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you.
ALLY CARTER
My mate. Death incarnate. Night triumphant.
SARAH J. MAAS
No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.
SARAH J. MAAS
I sipped from my wine. "And if he had grabbed me?"

There was nothing but uncompromising w...
SARAH J. MAAS
Aemon’s blind white eyes came open. “Egg?” he said, as the rain streamed down his cheeks. “E...
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
I will kill anyone who harms you," Rhys snarled. "I will kill them, and take a damn long time doing ...
SARAH J. MAAS
But I forgot to tell him,” I said quietly, opening the door, “that the villain is usually the pe...
SARAH J. MAAS
It appeared to Harriet that she was always the one who remembered having seen other people. They nev...
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would no...
SARAH J. MAAS
To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys."
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To...
SARAH J. MAAS
There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness t...
SARAH J. MAAS
Males are horrible creatures, aren’t they?
SARAH J. MAAS
There you are. I've been looking for you.

His first words to me— not a lie at a...
SARAH J. MAAS
If you were going to die, I was going to die with you. I couldn’t stop thinking it over and over a...
SARAH J. MAAS
He drained his glass. "I made a mistake."
"It's not the end of the world if you do that every n...
SARAH J. MAAS
We need hope, or else we cannot endure.
SARAH J. MAAS
Would you like me to grovel with gratitude for bringing me here, High Lord?"
"Ah. The Suriel to...
SARAH J. MAAS
Come on, Feyre. We don’t bite. Unless you ask us to.
SARAH J. MAAS
Many atrocities, have been done in the name of the greater good.
SARAH J. MAAS
The next day, the villages came closer together until the beginnings and endings could no longer be ...
PATRICK W. CARR
As these images were going through my head, my breathing suddenly went still. I looked at Jamie, the...
NICHOLAS SPARKS
I will never forget the vision of Jamie walking towards me.
NICHOLAS SPARKS
To kill a mockingbird. If you haven't read it, I think you should because it is very interesting.
STEPHEN CHBOSKY
Eventually I came across another passage. This is what it said:
I am not commanding you, but I ...
NICHOLAS SPARKS
A mother isn’t the person who births you; it’s the person who rears you and shows you love.
RAQUEL CEPEDA
You get out the hammer and chisel. If the bullets are behind steel, you've got to get them out.
DOUG MURPHY
As far back as history records people thinking, thinking people have been befuddled by the mysteries...
LEWIS N. ROE
The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.
ROB LIANO
History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will...
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Never judge a person how he died, but how he lived.
RUDOLF JEROME RAGAY
Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which h...
ORISON SWETT MARDEN
Matty blinked. 'You're passing up whips for shopping?'
'You're bitching about ...
LETA BLAKE
They need to understand they have to do something post secondary. Work is inevitable. They have to p...
DEBORAH KERR
Fred Zinnemann, on From Here To Eternity and The Sundowners really brings out of me, in a completely...
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All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resi...
SAMUEL JOHNSON
why do people rise and fall.. How and when they will get the attentions and why politicians fall whe...
SHARIF MOHAMED
Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which h...
ORISON SWETT MARDEN
Noseless and Handless, the Lannister Boys.
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
He wanted to argue like this forever. This was better than nothing. There was no exhausting his ange...
DAVID DUCHOVNY
I live next to the quarry which I remember from its later stages of life as just a large water-fille...
ALAN ROSS
Mold is everywhere. There are 1,800 types of toxic mold ... Mold gets triggered by water and it need...
JOSEPH TOMASELLI
“Always remember that something as simple as planting a seed can grow into a HUGE Difference.”
PATTY RASE HOPSON
Each man lives in his own universe and when he dies the world is over
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All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
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The money men make lives after them.
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The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
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Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
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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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Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it b...
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The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not bein...
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Neither have they hearts to stay, nor wit enough to run away.
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It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came f...
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Such as take lodgings in a head that's to be let unfurnished.
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The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
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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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To be at all is to be religious more or less
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Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
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'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
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All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
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There is nothing so unthinkable as thought, unless it be the entire absence of thought.
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Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, i...
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Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.
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To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it.
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Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
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Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours. Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ h...
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A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's di...
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The worst thing that can happen to a man is to lose his money, the next worst his health, the next w...
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It has, I believe, been often remarked that a hen is only an egg's way of making another egg
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The only absolute morality is absolute stagnation
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He knew what's what, and that's as high As metaphysics wit can fly
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There is a photographer in every bush, going about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour
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To live is like to love--all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct is for it.
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Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps...
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Cleanliness is almost as bad as godliness
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For things said false and never meant, Do oft prove true by accident
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And like a lobster boiled, the morn From black to red began to turn
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We all love best not those who offend us least, nor those who have done most for us, but those who m...
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The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in ...
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To swallow gudgeons ere they're catched, And count their chickens ere they're hatched
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If Bach wriggles, Wagner writhes
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I believe that more unhappiness comes from this source than from any other - I mean from the attempt...
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Justice while she winks at crimes, Stumbles on innocence sometimes
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What makes all doctrines plain and clear?/ About two hundred pounds a year.
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A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to ...
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When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy, the only decent thing to do is die at once
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Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is...
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Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
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The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
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Though wisdom cannot be gotten with gold, still less can it be gotten without it.
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I'll make the fur / Fly round the ears of the old cur.
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The wish to spread those opinions that we hold conducive to our own welfare is so deeply rooted in ...
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Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
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Most people have never learned that one of the main aims in life is to enjoy it.
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The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
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Logic is like the sword - those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.
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Self-preservation is the first law of nature.
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A lawyers dream of heaven; every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to r...
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If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wa...
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The healthy stomach is nothing if it is not conservative. Few radicals have good digestions.
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We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, ...
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You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
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Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be b...
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There is but one step from the Academy to the Fad.
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The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the...
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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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Life is one long process of getting tired.
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The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
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Silence is not always tact, but it is tact that is golden, not silence.
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The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them.
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Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.
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The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
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The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
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Neither have they hearts to stay. Nor wit enough to run away.
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People care more about being thought to have taste than about being good, clever, or amiable.
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It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something.
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If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
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Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
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Logic is like the sword: those who appeal to it shall perish by it.
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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.
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If you follow reason far enough it always leads to conclusions that are contrary to reason
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Besides 'tis known he could speak Greek, As naturally as pigs squeak
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Still amorous, and fond, and billing, / Like Philip and Mary on a shilling.
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Eating is touch carried to the bitter end.
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God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
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God cannot alter the past, that is why he is obliged to connive at the existence of historians
SAMUEL BUTLER
To swallow gudgeons ere they're catched, And count their chickens ere they're hatched
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People are lucky and unlucky...according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been ...
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No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jur...
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The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anyth...
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In old times people used to try and square the circle; now they try and devise schemes for satisfyin...
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It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can; it is perhaps because they c...
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Quoth Hudibras, I smell a rat; Ralpho, thou dost prevaricate
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A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.
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Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble...
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If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall long be surprised to fi...
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We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to them.
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Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883 The New Jerusalem, when it comes, will probab...
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The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may -make a fool of yourself with him and not only will ...
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Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear i...
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The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to trea...
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I really do not see much use in exalting the humble and meek; they do not remain humble and meek lon...
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For every why he had a wherefore
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Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
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The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes...
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God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor.
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Silence and tact may or may not be the same thing.
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We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the m...
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To himself everyone is immortal; he may know that he is going to die, but he can never know that he ...
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Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely re...
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Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and des...
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