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I like a thin book because it will steady a table...

I write to add to the beauty that now belongs to me

Idealism increases in direct proportion to ones distance from the problem.

If every country had to write a book about elephants...

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins

If there is anything more dangerous to the life of the mind than having no independent commitment to ideas...

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people... but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea

In war there are no unwounded soldiers

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant

In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us

Information is the currency of democracy

It is a fact of life that any discourse...will always please if it is five minutes shorter than people expect

It is always darkest just before the day dawneth

It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means.

It was one of the worst speeches I ever heard ... when a simple apology was all that was required.

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

Knowledge is of two kinds...

Life is the garment we continually alter, but which never seems to fit.

Men are more moral than they think...

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Most of us who turn to any subject we love remember some morning or evening hour when...

Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world...

Never read a book through merely because you have begun it

No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.

No pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home.

Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live

Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.

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