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To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.


W. E. B. Du Bois

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One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
E. B. WHITE
There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to an...
E. B. WHITE
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of t...
E. B. WHITE
Computing machines perhaps can do the work of a dozen ordinary men, but there is no machine that can...
E. B. WHITE
When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond...
E. B. WHITE
Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sens...
E. B. WHITE
The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people.
E. B. WHITE
The critic leaves at curtain fall To find, in starting to review it, He scarcely saw the play at all...
E. B. WHITE
Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts.
E. B. WHITE
There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement.
E. B. WHITE
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. T...
E. B. WHITE
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can...
E. B. WHITE
I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometim...
E. B. WHITE
The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.
E. B. WHITE
Writing is hard work and bad for the health.
E. B. WHITE
I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.
E. B. WHITE
The world organization debates disarmament in one room and, in the next room, moves the knights and ...
E. B. WHITE
The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.
E. B. WHITE
A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
E. B. WHITE
A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer... He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove ...
E. B. WHITE
To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year.
E. B. WHITE
English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer l...
E. B. WHITE
Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.
W. I. E. GATES
The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a s...
E. W. DIJKSTRA
Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.
E. W. HOWE
A thief believes everybody steals.
E. W. HOWE
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up...
E. W. HOWE
A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees th...
E. W. HOWE
Marriage is a good deal like a circus: there is not as much in it as is represented in the advertisi...
E. W. HOWE
One of the surprising things in this world is the respect a worthless man has for himself.
E. W. HOWE
There is always a type of man who says he loves his fellow men, and expects to make a living at it.
E. W. HOWE
When a man has no reason to trust himself, he trusts in luck.
E. W. HOWE
When a man is trying to sell you something, don't imagine that he is polite all the time.
E. W. HOWE
Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.
E. W. HOWE
Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone.
E. W. HOWE
It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfish...
E. W. HOWE
The way out of trouble is never as simple as the way in.
E. W. HOWE
A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.
E. W. HOWE
It is hard to convince a high-school student that he will encounter a lot of problems more difficult...
E. W. HOWE
Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.
E. W. HOWE
Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found t...
E. W. HOWE
Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which d...
E. W. HOWE
The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out hap...
W. E. CHANNING
The worst feeling in the world is the homesickness that comes over a man occasionally when he is at ...
E. W. HOWE
Then there is the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches.
W. I. E. GATES
People are always neglecting something they can do in trying to do something they can't do.
E. W. HOWE
The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.
E. W. HOWE
When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars.
E. W. HOWE
What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.
E. W. HOWE
Men have as exaggerated an idea of their rights as women have of their wrongs.
E. W. HOWE
The average man's judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it.
E. W. HOWE
Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.
W. I. E. GATES
It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposur...
E. W. DIJKSTRA
A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.
E. W. HOWE
Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.
E. W. HOWE
The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
E. W. HOWE
Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.
E. W. HOWE
When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will hav...
E. W. HOWE
The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to ...
E. W. HOWE