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I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.
Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
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.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creatures that cannot.
Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors.
The human race has but one really affective weapon, and that is laughter.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
A lie can run around the world six times while the truth is still trying to put on its pants.
I have a higher and grander standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie; I can, but I won t.
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
That's what an army is -- a mob; they don't fight with courage that's born in them, but with courage that's borrowed from their mass, and from their officers.
It is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.
It was the schoolboy who said, Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
In Beverly Hills... they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.
If you don't fail now and again, it's a sign you're playing it safe.
Sex is the most fun you can have without laughing.
I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Why is it that we rejoice at birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
There is nothing so annoying as a good example!!
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.
Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
If your strength is small, don't carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don't give advice.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
A patient going to a doctor for his first visit was asked, And whom did you consult before coming to me? Only the village druggist, was the answer. And what sort of foolish advice did that numbskull give you? asked the doctor, his tone and manner denoting his contempt for the advice of the layman. Oh, replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, he told me to come and see you.
I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.
If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold you head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.
Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one.

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