Principles aren't of much account anyway, except at election time. After that you hang them up to let them season.
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There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.
I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn't know.
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
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And this we should believe: that hope and volition can bring us closer to our ultimate goal: justice for all, injustice for no-one.