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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Confucius
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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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He who praises everybody, praises nobody. - Samuel Johnson
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Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. - Ambrose Bierce
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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. - Frederick Douglass
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Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. - H. L. Mencken
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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity. - Edgar Allan Poe
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Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly. - H. L. Mencken
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Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. - Ambrose Bierce
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If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair. - Samuel Johnson
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Prescription: A physician's guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient. - Ambrose Bierce
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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. - Confucius
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A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again. - W. E. B. Du Bois
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Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. - Washington Irving
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Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. - Washington Irving
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All adventure is now reactionary. - William F Buckley Jr
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I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence. - William F Buckley Jr
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Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it. - William F Buckley Jr
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Experience - the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced. - Ambrose Bierce
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Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. - Ambrose Bierce
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A man is known by the company he organizes. - Ambrose Bierce
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A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. - Ambrose Bierce
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A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others. - Ambrose Bierce
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Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity. - Ambrose Bierce
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Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another. - Ambrose Bierce
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Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. - Ambrose Bierce
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Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. - Ambrose Bierce
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Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught. - Ambrose Bierce
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Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. - Ambrose Bierce
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Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking. - Ambrose Bierce
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Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. - Ambrose Bierce
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Alien - an American sovereign in his probationary state. - Ambrose Bierce
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All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher. - Ambrose Bierce
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Alliance - in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third. - Ambrose Bierce
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Ambidextrous, adj.: Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a left. - Ambrose Bierce
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Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. - Ambrose Bierce
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Amnesty, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish. - Ambrose Bierce
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An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me. - Ambrose Bierce
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Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery. - Ambrose Bierce
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Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money. - Ambrose Bierce
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Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge. - Ambrose Bierce
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Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk. - Ambrose Bierce
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Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can't find you. - Ambrose Bierce
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Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having. - Ambrose Bierce
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Battle, n., A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue. - Ambrose Bierce
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Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. - Ambrose Bierce
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Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues. - Ambrose Bierce
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Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain. - Ambrose Bierce
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Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen. - Ambrose Bierce
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Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think. - Ambrose Bierce
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