The force of the guinea you have in your pocket depends wholly on the default of a guinea in your neighbours pocket. If he did not want it, it would be of no use to you.
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He thinks by infection, catching an opinion like a cold.
Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.
Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
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