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One might well say that mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests.

Humor is the sunshine of the mind
So free we seem, so fettered we are!
We are all born mad. Some remain so.
Talking much is a sign of vanity, for the one who is lavish with words is cheap in deeds.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
We will either find a way, or make one.
Mind unemployed is mind un-enjoyed.
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window.
In this loveless everyday life eroticism is a substitute for love.
Whenever science makes a discovery, the devil grabs it while the angels are debating the best way to use it.
Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure.
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper!
The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.
It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.
If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.
Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone.
In a major matter no details are small.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
Your mind is what makes everything else work.
Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
Focus on the key things you can do each day that will help you achieve your end goal. Always prioritize according to the big picture.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
Everyone lives by selling something.
We all end up in a single bed sooner or later.
Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.
An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor.
A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank.
It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.
Books should to one of these four ends conduce, For wisdom, piety, delight, or use
A good speaker makes a good liar.
Cultivate more joy by arranging your life so that more joy will be likely.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
People are going to be most creative and productive when they're doing something they're really interested in. So having fun isn't an outrageous idea at all. It's a very sensible one.
The greatest success, is successful self acceptance.
Florida, is Gods waiting room.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
It is his nature, not his standing, that makes the good man.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity.
Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.
Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.
If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
A joke, even if it be a lame one, is nowhere so keenly relished or quickly applauded as in a murder trial.
The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.
Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.
When God measures man, He puts the tape around his heart -- not his head.
I am not young enough to know everything.
I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache.
There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.
Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.
Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of the one who is wise.
Music causes us to think eloquently.
If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.
Travelers are like poets. They are mostly an angry race.
Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts and his higher nature -- and another woman to help him forget them.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
You win only if you aren't afraid to lose.
If you want to win anything -- a race, your self, your life -- you have to go a little berserk.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will.
For what Harley Street specialist has time to understand the body, let alone the mind or both in combination, when he is a slave to thirteen thousand a year?
He who gathers money little by little makes it grow. [Proverbs 13:11]
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Loyalty is something you give regardless of what you get back, and in giving loyalty, you're getting more loyalty; and out of loyalty flow other great qualities.
It is better to be faithful than famous.
No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?
Give the world the best that you have, and the best will come back to you.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.
It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.
Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. And that was all his patrimony.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love
Those who resolve to conquer or die, are rarely conquered.
Your difficulty and my difficulty and the difficulty of every individual who ever desired to achieve something worthwhile, comes in the movement.
You will go most safely in the middle.
He is mad past recovery, but yet he has lucid intervals.
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.
Every orientation presupposes a disorientation.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it.
He mastered whatever was not worth the knowing.
Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet.
A Bachelor of Arts is one who makes love to a lot of women, and yet has the art to remain a bachelor.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows whither he is going.
But when I don't smoke I scarcely feel as if I'm living. I don't feel as if I'm living unless I'm killing myself.
Youth holds no society with grief.
It's a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don't see or care.
He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. [Exodus 21:17]

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