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God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake.
Friendship is a horizon -- which expands whenever we approach it.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
Marriage is socialism among two people.
Love is blind and marriage is the institution for the blind.
Marriage is a mistake every man should make.
Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.
Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.
Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.
Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up.
There is a French saying: Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love.
Before marriage, a man will go home and lie awake all night thinking about something you said; after marriage, he'll go to sleep before you finish saying it.
Marriage is the death of hope.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Marriage is one long conversation, checkered by disputes.
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
Successful marriage is always a triangle: a man, a woman, and God.
Before marriage a man yearns for a woman. Afterward the y is silent.
Marriage isn't a word... it's a sentence.
Love is blind -- marriage is the eye-opener.
When God created two sexes, he may have been overdoing it.
If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.
It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.
Never try to define love. Once defined love is confined. Once confined -- It dies.
Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.
If you are going to tell people the truth, be funny or they will kill you.
Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is.
I quote others in order to better express myself.
A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
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.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
The more faithfully you listen to the voices within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
We have to ask ourselves whether medicine is to remain a humanitarian and respected profession or a new but depersonalized science in the service of prolonging life rather than diminishing human suffering.
Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.
Necessity is not an established fact, but rather an interpretation.
A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.
Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
Ignorance is like a delicate fruit; touch it, and the bloom is gone.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
None of us can stand other people having the same faults as ourselves.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent.
An undutiful daughter will prove an unmanageable wife.
A liberal is a socialist with a wife and two children.
A good husband makes a good wife.
A man's home is his wife's castle.
Of all my wife's relations I like myself the best.
When a man opens the car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.
If I was your wife Sir, I'd poison you! Madam, if you were my wife, I'd let you!
Weeping bride, laughing wife, laughing bride, weeping wife.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Love bears it out even to the edge of doom.
He knows little, who will tell his wife all he knows.
An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.
Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first.
We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.
It never occurs to some politicians that Lincoln is worth imitating as well as quoting.
I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.
The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
The Athenians govern the Greeks; I govern the Athenians; you, my wife, govern me; your son governs you.
When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
The man who says his wife can't take a joke forgets that she took him.
If you think you have trouble supporting a wife, try not supporting her.
No man was ever shot by his wife while doing the dishes.
Love is too young to know what conscience is.
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. [About Russia]
I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.
The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong.
Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism.
If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
There are a terrible lot of lies going about the world, and the worst of it is that half of them are true.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.
He is a modest little man who has a good deal to be modest about.
All men make mistakes, but only wise men learn from their mistakes.
The empires of the futures are the empires of the mind.
Logic is a poor guide compared with custom.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
We have a lot of anxieties, and one cancels out another very often.
Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.
It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right.
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
The nose of the bulldog has been slanted backwards so that he can breathe without letting go.
Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.
Nothing can be more abhorrent to democracy than to imprison a person or keep him in prison because he is unpopular. This is really the test of civilization.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
They are decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
I have never accepted what many people have kindly said-namely that I inspired the nation. Their will was resolute and remorseless, and as it proved, unconquerable. It fell to me to express it.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
It is better to be frightened now than killed hereafter
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
The price of greatness is responsibility.
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
No two on earth in all things can agree. All have some daring singularity.
True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.
The first time you see Winston Churchill you see all his faults and the rest of your life you spend discovering his virtues.
The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
Love is the last relay and ultimate outposts of eternity.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.
I never worry about action, but only inaction.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use the pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time; a tremendous whack.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Friendship is love with understanding.
Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.
To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
Love conquers all, but if love doesn't do it, try hard work
Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.
Women make love for love, men make love for lust.
Love is not love until love's vulnerable.

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