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"You would do well not to imagine profundity," he said. "Anything that seems of momentous occasion should be dwelt upon as though it were of slight note. Conversely, trivialities must be attended to with the greatest of care. Because death is moment

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I owe the public nothing.

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Free Speech Is The Right To Shout 'Theater' In A Crowded Fire.

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Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his Atlantic with his verb in his mouth.

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Many a sober Christian would rather admit that a wafer is God than that God is a cruel and capricious tyrant.

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Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.

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Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits.

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

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To use violence is to already be defeated.

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Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder aloud what the country could do under first-class management.

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"It's a summons." "What's a summons?" "It means summon's in trouble."

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History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.

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Good government never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to the will of those who administer that machinery. The most important element of government, therefore,

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If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.

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God is Dead.

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The primary cause of failure in electrical appliances is an expired warranty. Often, you can get an appliance running again simply by changing the warranty expiration date with a 15/64-inch felt-tipped marker.

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For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

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The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.

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