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A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.

A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
I stood among them, but not of them; in a shroud of thoughts which were not their thoughts.
I'm for truth no matter who tells it. I'm for justice no matter who it's for or against.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced -- even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it.
The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.
Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life.
There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
People will then often say, ‘But surely it’s better to remain an Agnostic just in case?’ This, to me, suggests such a level of silliness and muddle that I usually edge out of the conversation rather than get sucked into it. (If it turns out that I’ve been wrong all along, and there is in fact a god, and if it further turned out that this kind of legalistic, cross-your-fingers-behind-your-back, Clintonian hair-splitting impressed him, then I think I would choose not to worship him anyway.)
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
Mockery is often the result of a poverty of wit.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Keep thy smooth words and juggling homilies for those who know thee not.
However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is --in other words, not a thing, but a think.
The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself.
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
Who loves not women, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long.
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
I know we're not saints or virgins or lunatics; we know all the lust and lavatory jokes, and most of the dirty people; we can catch buses and count our change and cross the roads and talk real sentences. But our innocence goes awfully deep, and our discreditable secret is that we don't know anything at all, and our horrid inner secret is that we don't care that we don't.
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
An extra-terrestrial philosopher, who had watched a single youth up to the age of twenty-one and had never come across any other human being, might conclude that it is the nature of human beings to grow continually taller and wiser in an indefinite progress towards perfection; and this generalization would be just as well founded as the generalization which evolutionists base upon the previous history of this planet.
My time has been passed viciously and agreeably; at thirty-one so few years months days hours or minutes remain that Carpe Diem is not enough. I have been obliged to crop even the seconds -- for who can trust to tomorrow?
Your letter of excuses has arrived. I receive the letter but do not admit the excuses except in courtesy, as when a man treads on your toes and begs your pardon -- the pardon is granted, but the joint aches, especially if there is a corn upon it.
All farewells should be sudden, when forever.
No one but a fool would measure their satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
Greatest fools are the most often satisfied.
Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication.
The good old times -- all times when old are good.
All tragedies are finished by a death, all comedies by a marriage.
The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

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