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"A drunkard would not give money to sober people. He said they would only eat it and buy clothes and send their children to school with it."


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"A skilful leech is better far than half a hundred men of war."


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"A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins or nearly all save those worth committing."


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"A mans friendships are like his will invalidated by marriage - but they are also no less invalidated by the marriage of his friends."


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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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"A physicians physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a clerics divinity has to his power of influencing conduct."


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"A hen is only an eggs way of making another egg."


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"Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness."


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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 worst his reputation."


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"Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure."


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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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"Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him."


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"God cannot alter the past though historians can."


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"Let every man be true and every god a liar."


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"In law nothing is certain but the expense."


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"God as now generally conceived of is only the last witch."


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"God and the Devil are an effort after specialization and the division of labor."


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"Priests are not men of the world it is not intended that they should be and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so."


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"If I die prematurely I shall be saved from being bored to death at my own success."


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"What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be I bet that my Redeemer liveth."


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"To know God better is only to realize how impossible it is that we should ever know him at all. I know not which is more childish to deny him or define him."


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"Brigands demand your money or your life women require both."


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"They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say Can he name a kitten?"


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"Every mans work whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself."


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"All philosophies if you ride them home are nonsense but some are greater nonsense than others."


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"Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be but like our neighbours we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them."


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"Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things."


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"All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it."


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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 is dead."


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"It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly."


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"Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning."


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"The want of money is the root of all evil."


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"If life must not be taken too seriously then so neither must death."


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"The Athanasian Creed is to me light and intelligible reading in comparison with much that now passes for science."


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"From a worldly point of view there is no mistake so great as that of being always right."


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"Death is only a larger kind of going abroad."


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"Marriage is distinctly and repeatedly excluded from heaven. Is this because it is thought likely to mar the general felicity?"


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"If God wants us to do a thing he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him."


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"To give pain is the tyranny to make happy the true empire of beauty."


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"Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them."


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"There is no such source of error as the pursuit of truth."


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"God was satisfied with his own work and that is fatal."


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"And so there is no God but has been in the loins of past gods."


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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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"Man is Gods highest present development. He is the latest thing in God."


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"The sinews of art and literature like those of war are money."


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"Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children."


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"He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us."


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"Friendship is like money easier made than kept."


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"All truth is not to be told at all times."


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"Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises."


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"Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life."


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"You can do very little with faith but you can do nothing without it."


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"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all."


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"The seven deadly sins: Want of money bad health bad temper chastity family ties knowing that you know things and believing in the Christian religion."


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"The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way."


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"Life is not an exact science it is an art."


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"Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy etc. and the less we think about it the better."


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"Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself."


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"Faith - you can do very little with it but you can do nothing without it."


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"The history of the world is the record of the weakness frailty and death of public opinion."


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"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you but he will make a fool of himself too."


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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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"We all like to forgive and love best not those who offend us least nor who have done most for us but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them."


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"Life is like music it must be composed by ear feeling and instinct not by rule."


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"Women can stand a beating except when it is with their own weapons."


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"For truth is precious and divine too rich a pearl for carnal swine."


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"The history of art is the history of revivals."


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"Money is the last enemy that shall never be subdued. While there is flesh there is money or the want of money but money is always on the brain so long as there is a brain in reasonable order."


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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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"Think of and look at your work as though it were done by your enemy. I you look at it to admire it you are lost."


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"Self-preservation is the first law of nature."


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"Theist and atheist: the fight between them is as to whether God shall be called God or shall have some other name."


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"People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted and at seeing it practiced."


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"It is a wise tune that knows its own father and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents."


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"The youth of an art is like the youth of anything else its most interesting period. When it has come to the knowledge of good and evil it is stronger but we care less about it."


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"The three most important things a man has are briefly his private parts his money and his religious opinions."


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"We shall never get people whose time is money to take much interest in atoms."


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"An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books."


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"Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know."


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"There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death."


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