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How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.

The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
Growing old is not growing up.
Trust not too much to an enchanting face.
Truth is the glue that holds government together.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.
Good teaching must be slow enough so that it is not confusing, and fast enough so that it is not boring.
How can you govern a country with two hundred and forty six varieties of cheese?
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.
The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
Justice is incidental to law and order.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
Action is eloquence.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.
The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.
To me -- old age is always ten years older than I am.
The best thinking has been done in solitude.
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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