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We are all born mad. Some remain so.

When men make gods, there is no God!
I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
An asylum for the sane would be empty in America.
Naturam rerum cognoscere primum. "First know the nature of things" or "Get your facts straight first".
In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Sidere mens eadum mutato. "The stars may be different, but the spirit is the same.
Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
Any Government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns. But you and I know that a continuation of that habit means the poorhouse.
Those of you who have been there [Haiti] know it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has everything. It has everything above the ground, and everything under the ground. It is an amazing place. I strongly recommend that whenever you get a chance, if you havent been there, that you go to Haiti. I think it was a certain Queen of England who said that after her death Calais would be found written on her heart. When I die, I think that Haiti is going to be written on my heart.
We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart.
As to diseases, make a habit of two thingsto help, or at least to do no harm. The art has three factors, the disease, the patient, the physician. The physician is the servant of the art. The patient must co-operate with the physician in combating the disease.
The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose.
Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.
The maxim of the British people is Business as usual.
Moral of the Work. In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.
We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again.
Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
I have been brought up and trained to have the utmost contempt for people who get drunk.
Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future.
This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.
I'm just preparing my impromptu remarks.
How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?
Skiing: the art of catching cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.
To have gold is to be in fear, and to want it to be sorrow.
Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.
Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.
Death the last voyage, the longest, and the best.
There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
The reason a writer writes a book is to forget a book and the reason a reader reads one is to remember it.
It is almost impossible to smile on the outside without feeling better on the inside.
Only a few human beings should grow to the square mile; they are commonly planted too close.
In each of us there is a little of all of us.
And finally I twist my heart round again, so that the bad is on the outside and the good is on the inside, and keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would so like to be, and could be, if there weren't any other people living in the world.
I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
The day is not far distant when the man who dies leaving behind him millions of available wealth, which was free for him to administer during life, will pass away unwept, unhonored, and unsung, no matter to what uses he leave the dross which he cannot take with him. Of such as these the public verdict will then be: The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced. Such, in my opinion, is the true gospel concerning wealth, obedience to which is destined some day to solve the problem of the rich and the poor.
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms.
He who sings, frightens away all his ills.
A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.
That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
Not to ask is not be denied.
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. [New Testament]
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads on like a gray vegetation.
When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
Every one in a crowd has the power to throw dirt; none out of ten have the inclination.
I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.
God often pays debts without money.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live.
Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.
See the ball; hit the ball.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Which one of the three candidates would you want your daughter to marry?
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide issues.
All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.
If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother.
We have a presidential election coming up. And I think the big problem, of course, is that someone will win.
That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow; and I am convinced the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.
God comes to the hungry in the form of food.
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
Two wrongs do not make a right.
Cannons and fire-arms are cruel and damnable machines; I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the Devil. If Adam had seen in a vision the horrible instruments his children were to invent, he would have died of grief.
If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will do it.
I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.
Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
More die in the United States from too much food than from too little.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak.
Man was created as a being who should constantly keep improving, a being who on reaching one goal sets a higher one.
What keeps me going is goals.
Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
A country grows in history not only because of the heroism of its troops on the field of battle, it grows also when it turns to justice and to right for the conservation of its interests.
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive factor; it is people, not things, that are decisive. The contest of strength is not only a contest of military and economic power, but also a contest of human power and morale. Military and economic power is necessarily wielded by people.
It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
To summarize the summary, people are a problem.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
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.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.
That's what being in the working class is all about -- how to get out of it.
Pedantry is the showy display of knowledge which crams our heads with learned lumber and then takes out our brains to make room for it.
The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society's most basic values.
Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
There are those who say to you -- we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Precious gems are profoundly buried in the earth and can only be extracted at the expense of great labor.
Labor is man's greatest function. He is nothing, he can do nothing, he can achieve nothing, he can fulfill nothing, without working.
The biggest labor problem is tomorrow.
The traveler has reached the end of the journey! In the freedom of the infinite he is free from all sorrows, the fetters that bound him are thrown away, and the burning fever of life is no more.
Success is 99 percent failure.
I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.
There's no security on this earth, only opportunity.
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.
The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
If it's not growing, it's going to die.
You can't have a light without a dark to stick it in.
A government must not waiver once it has chosen its course. It must not look to the left or right but go forward.
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

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