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Never accept a drink from a Urologist.

It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous -- who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves?
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself thinking once or twice a week.
The world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business.
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
The greatest problem you have is your greatest opportunity.
Nothing goes out of fashion sooner than a long dress with a very low neck.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.
Violent passions are formed in solitude. In the busy world no object has time to make a deep impression.
Misfortune does not always result in harm.
An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.
I have never felt salvation in nature. I love cities above all.
So much to do, so little done, such things to be.
She has lost the art of conversation, but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.
The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.
It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
A man's interest in the world is only an overflow from his interest in himself.
The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing.
Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.
Our necessities are few, but our wants are endless.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth while.
Clever and attractive women do not want to vote; they are willing to let men govern as long as they govern men.
All farewells should be sudden, when forever.
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
We cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are.
In youth one has tears without grief, in old age grief without tears.
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession, but carrying a banner.
Getting rid of a delusion makes us wiser than getting hold of a truth.
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
Most plans are just inaccurate predictions.
To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
Do not plan for ventures before finishing what's at hand.
It is easier to keep half a dozen lovers guessing than to keep one lover after he has stopped guessing.
Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.
I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.
It's better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Misfortunes one can endure -- they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's own faults -- Ah! there is the sting of life.
The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late.
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torments of pain have you endured that haven't as yet arrived.
Beware thoughts that come in the night. They aren't turned properly; they come in askew, free of sense and restriction, deriving from the most remote of sources.
The night is a skin pulled over the head of day that the day may be in torment.
Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o clock is a scoundrel.
Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.
He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.
When one does away with oneself one does the most estimable thing possible: one thereby almost deserves to live.
Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
It is more noble by silence to avoid an injury than by argument to overcome it.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Do not fear mistakes -- there are none.
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.
When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.
Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies.
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
Examinations, sir, are pure humbug from beginning to end. If a man is a gentleman, he knows quite enough, and if he is not a gentleman, whatever he knows is bad for him.
I can't be bitter. No one has a contract on life.
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
Men are nicotine soaked, beer besmirched, whiskey greased, red-eyed devils.
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.
What has been will be again. What has been done will be done again... [Ecclesiastes 1:9]
Not a day went past when I was not filled with loathing and disgust at the decisions I had to make.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.
I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.
It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
Hurt's a reason to change, but all the hurt in the world don't change facts.
I can resist everything except temptation.
At great periods you have always felt, deep within you, the temptation to commit suicide. You gave yourself to it, breached your own defenses. You were a child. The idea of suicide was a protest against life; by dying, you would escape this longing for death.
No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide.
It is always consoling to think of suicide: in that way one gets through many a bad night.
That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.
Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities.
If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.
Death -- the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.
How wonderful is death! Death and his brother sleep.
O sleep, O gentle sleep, nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, that thou no more wilt weigh my eye-lids down and steep my senses in forgetfulness?
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.
Love will find a way. Indifference will find an excuse.
Tolerance is only another name for indifference.
Let no man fear to die, we love to sleep all, and death is but the sounder sleep.
Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
I don't care how much a person talks, if they only say it in a few words.
Life is one long process of getting tired.
The less routine the more life.
Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined.
Life is very interesting if you make mistakes.
I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.
The jury consist of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
Only in a house where one has learnt to be lonely does one have this solicitude for things. One's relation to them, the daily seeing or touching, begins to become love, and to lay one open to pain.
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
At the innermost core of all loneliness is a deep and powerful yearning for union with one's lost self.
We enter the world alone, we leave the world alone.
Without discipline, there is no life at all.
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
Even an attorney of moderate talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.
In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
The law is reason, free from passion.
Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.
I won't belong to any organization that would have me as a member.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Luck is the idol of the idle.
When you aim for perfection, you discover it's a moving target.
Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.
A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500.

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