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Obscurity brings safety.

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
Pick battles big enough to matter, but small enough to win.
If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking till you do succeed.
If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.
With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
Be not the first by which a new thing is tried, or the last to lay the old aside.
It is not the hours we put in on the job, it is what we put into the hours that counts.
I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.
Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.
Many have too much, but none enough.
A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.
When I can't handle events, I let them handle themselves.
A person who is gifted sees the essential point and leaves the rest as surplus.
No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.
Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious.
The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.
Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.
Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I'll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.
There are two kinds of men who never amount to much -- those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else.
We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many who work without living.
It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions makes it impossible to earn a living.
If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games.
One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.
The greatest nations have all acted like gangsters and the smallest like prostitutes.
Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.
He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.
The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of seven trades cannot support himself. The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound.
The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work. Many of those who fail most ignominiously do enough to achieve grand success but they labor haphazardly at whatever they are assigned, building up with one hand to tear down with the other. They do not grasp circumstances and change them into opportunities. They have no faculty for turning honest defeats into telling victories. With ability enough and ample time, the major ingredients of success, they are forever throwing back and forth an empty shuttle and the real web of their life is never woven.
Youth is a blunder, manhood is a struggle and old age a regret.

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