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In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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No protracted war can fail to endanger the freedom of a democratic country. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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There is hardly a pioneer's hut which does not contain a few odd volumes of Shakespeare. I remember reading the feudal drama of Henry V for the first time in a log cabin. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. - Bertrand Russell
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Dreams are the touchstones of our character. - Henry David Thoreau
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If you would have a good wife, marry one who has been a good daughter. - Thomas Fuller
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We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed. - Thomas Fuller
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I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. - Winston Churchill
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Never, never, never give up. - Winston Churchill
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The genius of democracies is seen not only in the great number of new words introduced but even more in the new ideas they express. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell. - Bertrand Russell
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I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. - Henry David Thoreau
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The language of friendship is not words but meanings. - Henry David Thoreau
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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life. - Henry David Thoreau
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All things are difficult before they are easy. - Thomas Fuller
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Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. - Winston Churchill
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It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. - Winston Churchill
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The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers. - Henry David Thoreau
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. - Henry David Thoreau
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Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. - Winston Churchill
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The greatest luxury of riches is that they enable you to escape so much good advice. - Arthur Helps
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Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons. - Bertrand Russell
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Sin is geographical. - Bertrand Russell
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It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything. - Plutarch
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Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal. - Voltaire
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Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. - Voltaire
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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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A joke is a very serious thing. - Winston Churchill
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We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. - Winston Churchill
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Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness. - Woodrow Wilson
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Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose. - Woodrow Wilson
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Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide. - Woodrow Wilson
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A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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An American cannot converse, but he can discuss, and his talk falls into a dissertation. He speaks to you as if he was addressing a meeting; and if he should chance to become warm in the discussion, he will say "Gentlemen" to the person with whom he is conversing. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in? - Alexis de Tocqueville
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Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press, and I will provide you with a republic. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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He was as great as a man can be without morality. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them. - Alexis de Tocqueville
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