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To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.

Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea.
We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Life begins at 40 -- but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
In hell, the Devil is God.
The devil helps his servants for a season; but when they get into a pinch; he leaves them in the lurch.
No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.
I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea -- possessing them -- that what has been said has still not been said enough.
The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime.
Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Clean your finger before you point at my spots.
Being contented ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.
The teller of a mirthful tale has latitude allowed him. We are content with less than absolute truth.
When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.
When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.
I get no respect. The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.
I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal. He it is who notes that individuality which is the seal of the weakness of our race. My soul has wings, but the brutal jailer is strict.

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