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To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.

Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.
One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
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.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.
I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
Familiarity breeds contempt; and children.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.
Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
She is absolutely inadmissible into society. Many a woman has a past, but I am told that she has at least a dozen, and that they all fit.
There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a belly-full of words and do not know a thing. The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide.
All diseases run into one. Old age.
If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.
We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
Even the best things are not equal to their fame.
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.
He that dies pays all his debts.
Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.
Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!
I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.

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