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It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.
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Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.
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Doubt is the father of invention.
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Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
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Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
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Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
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I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London.
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The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.
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We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
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The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.
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There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.
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Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
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Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
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Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
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Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
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An egotist is a person of low taste – more interested in himself than in me.
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Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.
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Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
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To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.
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A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
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Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.
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Ambidextrous, adj.: Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a left.
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Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery.
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Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron – namely, that he is a blockhead.
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Deliberation, n.: The act of examining one’s bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
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Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
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