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The secret source of... The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow; there is no humor in Heaven.
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The trouble ain't that... The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.
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The two most important... The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
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The very ink with... The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
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The wit knows that... The wit knows that his place is at the tail of a procession.
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There are basically two... There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
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There are lies, damned... There are lies, damned lies and statistics.
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There are people who... There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
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There are several good... There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.
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There are times when... There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.
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There is a charm... There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.
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There is no distinctly... There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress.
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There is no sadder... There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
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Thousands of geniuses live... Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others.
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Thunder is good, thunder... Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
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To be good is... To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble.
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To refuse awards is... To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
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Training is everything. The... Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
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Travel is fatal to... Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
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Truth is mighty and... Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.
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Truth is stranger than... Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
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Truth is the most... Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
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Twenty years from now... Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.
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Under certain circumstances, urgent... Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.
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Water, taken in moderation,... Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
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We Americans... bear the... We Americans... bear the ark of liberties of the world.
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We are all alike,... We are all alike, on the inside.
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We have the best... We have the best government that money can buy.
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What a wee little... What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.
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What is the difference... What is the difference between a taxidermist and a tax collector? The taxidermist takes only your skin.
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What, sir, would the... What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
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When a person cannot... When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
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When angry, count to... When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
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When I was younger... When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
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When people do not... When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.
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When red-haired people are... When red-haired people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.
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When we remember we... When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
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When you fish for... When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
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When your friends begin... When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old.
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Whenever you find yourself... Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
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Why is it that... Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
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Why shouldn't truth be... Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
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Wit is the sudden... Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which, before their union, were not perceived to have any relation.
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Words are only painted... Words are only painted fire; a look is the fire itself.
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Work consists of whatever... Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
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Work is a necessary... Work is a necessary evil to be avoided.
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Wrinkles should merely indicate... Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
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You can’t depend on... You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
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You can't depend on... You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
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