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Every guilty person is his own hangman.

Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.
Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
Love and stoplights can be cruel.
Depression is rage spread thin.
There are few better measures of the concern a society has for its individual members and its own well being than the way it handles criminals.
Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness
We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other.
America is addicted to wars of distraction.
Learn taciturnity and let that be your motto!
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
Vision looks inwards and becomes duty. Vision looks outwards and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upwards and becomes faith.
Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger.
It always takes a person much longer to tell you what he thinks than what he knows.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
What is possible is our highest duty.
It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
Experience is a dim lamp, which only lights the one who bears it.
One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.
There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion.
Of great wealth there is no real use, except in its distribution, the rest is just conceit.
Committee: A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit to do the unnecessary.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
Success is not the place one arrives, but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned.
The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.
Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.
God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.
Well, I don't know as I want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell how to do what I want to do.
The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.
The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
Man loves little and often. Woman much and rarely.
No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from.
DATO'S LAW. Wishes expand in direct proportion to the resources available for their gratification.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
Rule # 1 -- Use your good judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.
In the American metaphysic, reality is always material reality, hard, resistant, unformed, impenetrable, and unpleasant.
I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.
The hottest love has the coldest end.
It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise.
Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.
If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.
No man is so exquisitely honest or upright in living, but that ten times in his life he might not lawfully be hanged.
The best things in life aren't things.
To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.
Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed than one in adversity.
I am thought. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.
Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.
Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.
Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain And perish in our own.
A friend who cannot at a pinch remember a thing or two that never happened is as bad as one who does not know how to forget.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.
Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.
Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Even though you know a thousand things, ask the man who knows one.
Reading the epitaphs, our only salvation lies in resurrecting the dead and burying the living.
If a man can see both sides of a problem, you know that none of his money is tied up in it.
Here lies an Atheist: All Dressed Up and No Place to Go.
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.
Marry for money, my little sonny, a rich man's joke is always funny.
An aphorism ought to be entirely isolated from the surrounding world like a little work of art and complete in itself like a hedgehog.
I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.
What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God.
Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.
This is the monstrosity in love, lady, that the will is infinite and the execution confined; that the desire is boundless, and the act a slave to limit.
It contains a misleading impression, not a lie. It was being economical with the truth.
Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age -- as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big bold righteous and eternal.
To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo.
He has committed the crime who profits by it.
A government, for protecting business only, is but a carcass, and soon falls by its own corruption and decay.
There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening.
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
For God's sake, if you sin, take pleasure in it, and do it for the pleasure...
Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.
Most people would rather die than think: many do.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
If a little labor, little are our gains. Man's fortunes are according to his pains.
One chance is all you need.
You never know how much a man can't remember until he is called as a witness.
All of us are watchers -- of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway -- but few are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing
For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
A light heart lives long.
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
One thought driven home is better than three left on base.
What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.
Even the people we most admire often feel inadequate.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
Tact is the art of making guests feel at home when that's really where you wish they were.
Court... a place where they dispense with justice.
Why fools are endowed by nature with voices so much louder than sensible people possess is a mystery. It is a fact emphasized throughout history.
Put your trust in God and keep your powder dry.
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
The biggest fool in the world is he who merely does his work supremely well, without attending to appearance.
The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.
Intolerance is evidence of impotence.
Never Explainyour Friends do not need it and your Enemies will not believe you anyway
My center is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack.
A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.
People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.
Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.
Peace, in international affairs, is a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
We swallow with one gulp the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
I want to be all used up when I die.
The greatest nations have all acted like gangsters and the smallest like prostitutes.
WAR IS PEACEFREEDOM IS SLAVERYIGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.
To stop smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know; I've done it a thousand times.
The best interviews -- like the best biographies -- should sing the strangeness and variety of the human race.
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore.
The fellow who says he'll meet you halfway usually thinks he's standing on the dividing line.
Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
Mathematics is not a book confined within a cover and bound between brazen clasps, whose contents it needs only patience to ransack; it is not a mine, whose treasures may take long to reduce into possession, but which fill only a limited number of veins and lodes; it is not a soil, whose fertility can be exhausted by the yield of successive harvests; it is not a continent or an ocean, whose area can be mapped out and its contour defined: it is limitless as that space which it finds too narrow for its aspirations; its possibilities are as infinite as the worlds which are forever crowding in and multiplying upon the astronomer's gaze.
A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.
With Congress, every time they make a joke it's a law, and every time they make a law it's a joke.
The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.
I drink to make other people interesting.
The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.
Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.

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