Found 104 quotes starting with OF:

Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.
– Berthold Auerbach
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Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place.
– Molière
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Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
– Bertrand Russell
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Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.
– Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, an autobiography
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Of all human ills, greatest is fortune's wayward tyranny.
– Sophocles
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Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.
– Thucyclides
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Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.
– Samuel Johnson
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Of all possessions wisdom alone is immortal.
– Isocrates
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Of all possible sexual perversions, religion is the only one to have ever been scientifically systematized.
– Louis Aragon
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Of all religions, Christianity is without a doubt the one that should inspire tolerance most, although, up to now, the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
– Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
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Of all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these, what might have been.
– John Greenleaf Whittier
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Of all that is good, sublimity is supreme. Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions.
– I Ching
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Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.
– John Greenleaf Whittier
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Of all the achievements of the human mind, the birth of the alphabet is the most momentous.
– Frederic Goudy
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Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
– Plato
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Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul None is more gladdening or fruitful than to know You can regenerate and make yourself what you will.
– William James
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Of all the communities available to us there is not one I would want to devote myself to, except for the society of the true searchers, which has very few living members at any time.
– Albert Einstein
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Of all the Gods, Death only craves not gifts: Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise. From him alone of all The powers of Heaven Persuasion holds aloof.
– Aeschylus
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Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:
Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured
Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed
By hymns of praise. From him alone of all
The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

– Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Frag. 146 (trans. by Plumptre).
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Of all the griefs that harass the distrest, Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.
– Samuel Johnson
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Of all the griefs that harass the distrest,
Sure the most bitter is a scornful jest.

– Samuel Johnson
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Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government.
– Madame Chiang
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Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
– Henry Ward Beecher
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Of all the nations in the world, the United States was built in nobody's image. It was the land of the unexpected, of unbounded hope, of ideals, of quest for an unknown perfection. It is all the more unfitting that we should offer ourselves in images. And all the more fitting that the images which we make wittingly or unwittingly to sell America to the world should come back to haunt and curse us.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
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Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
– Johann Von Schiller
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Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
– Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
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Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed.
– Herman Melville
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Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
– Henry Clay
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Of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave.
– John Ruskin
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Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.
– Marilyn Ferguson
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Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity.
– Remy de Gourmont
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Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
– Epicurus
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Of all the unbearable nuisances, the ignoramus that has travelled is the worst.
– Kin Hubbard
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Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
– Aristotle
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Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
– Walter Benjamin
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Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
– Anatole France
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Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing Embraceable You in spats.
– Woody Allen
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Of all the worldly passions, lust is the most intense. All other worldly passions seem to follow in its train.
– Buddha
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Of all things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
– Epicurus
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Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
– Clive Staples Lewis
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Of all tyrannies democracy is the most agonizing, the most inane, the absolute fall of everything great and elevated.
– Søren Kierkegaard, Journal 1848
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Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
– Walter Scott
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Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.
– Mary Catherine Bateson
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Of children as of procreation - the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.
– Evelyn Waugh
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Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
– Heinrich Heine
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Of course God's forgiving and kind. It takes a supernatural being to be capable of such a thing.
– Ahmed Korayem
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Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service.
– Joan Didion
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Of course I believe that solipsism is the correct philosophy, but that's only one man's opinion.
– Melvin Fitting
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Of course I don't always enjoy being a mother. At those times my husband and I hole up somewhere in the wine country, eat, drink, make mad love and pretend we were born sterile and raise poodles.
– Dorothy DeBolt
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Of course it was good to see the family after 4 years, but it did not really do me any good, as I lost more than 5 pounds which I had put on with such difficulty in May and June. I also get out of breath more easily. So these are the results of my trip. Very annoying.
– Grand Duke George Alexandrovich of Russia
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Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.
– David Gerrold
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Of course Moana, being a visual account of events in the daily life of a Polynesian youth and his family, has documentary value.
– John Grierson
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Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you - if you don't play, you can't win.
– Robert A. Heinlein
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Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.
– Arthur Rubinstein
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Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.
– A. E. Hotchner
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Of course we can keep this going, in principle, forever. In practice we will keel over from exhaustion, boredom, or death.
– David Adger, Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach
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Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street- cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.
– Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures
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Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.
– R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, 1963
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Of ex-President Eisenhower at the Republican convention of 1964 Reading a speech with his usual sense of discovery.
– Gore Vidal
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Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
– Kahlil Gibran
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Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.
– Homer
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Of mortals there is no one who is happy. If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy.
– Euripides
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Of my friends, I am the only one I have left.
– Terence
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Of no mortal say, 'That man is happy,' till vexed by no grievous ill he pass Life's goal.
– Sophocles
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Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure.
– George Melton
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Of ten parts a man enjoys one only, but a woman enjoys the full ten parts in her heart.
– Tiresias, [Apollodorus, Library 3.6.7]
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Of the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
– Mark Twain
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Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.
– Mark Twain
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Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back--in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.
– Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking, 1973
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Of the two great political parties which have divided the opinions and feelings of our country, the candid and the just will now admit that both have contributed splendid talents, spotless integrity, ardent patriotism, and disinterested sacrifices to the formation and administration of this Government, and that both have required a liberal indulgence for a portion of human infirmity and error.
– John Quincy Adams
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Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
– Thomas Neill
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Of two evils choose neither.
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon
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Of two evils we must always choose the least.
– Thomas a Kempis
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Of what avail is the praise or censure of the vulgar, who make a useless noise like a senseless crow in a forest?
– Mahabharata
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Of what shall a man be proud, if he is not proud of his friends
– Robert Louis Stephenson
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Of what significance is one's one existence, one is basically unaware. What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life The bitter and the sweet come from outside. The hard from within, from one's own efforts. For the most part I do what my own nature drives me to do. It is embarrassing to earn such respect and love for it.
– Albert Einstein
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Of what use, educationally speaking, is it to be able to see the end in the beginning?
– John Dewey
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Of women I do not wish them to have power over men but over themselves.
– Mary Wollstonecraft
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Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.
– Horace
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Offended vanity is the great separator in social life.
– Arthur Helps
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Offensiveness is a necessary consequence of opinions strongly held and openly expressed, and free societies should treasure and protect it. An idea that offends no one is not worth entertaining.
– Unknown
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Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.
– William Shakespeare
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Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Often a noble face hides filthy ways.
– Euripides
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Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
– Hesiod
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Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.
– Rudyard Kipling
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Often I come across the public displays of charitable acts and donations on social media, which reminds me of the teaching from Holy Book: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.“ In my view, it's an act of hypocracy to blow one's trumpet on FB or Twitter or like social media about one's charitable act, with ulterior motives of self-promotion and gaining praise from others. In my view, the true philanthropist, who is selfless at heart, does not let her/his left hand know what the right hand is doing - so that the noble act of giving remains absolutely secret. I really respect such selfless philanthropists. Long live the spirit of Charity that flows from a pure heart with Honesty and Integrity.
– Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate
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Often I don't say hello to people for fear that they may not remember me.
– Shahrukh Khan
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Often in life, you have to work on both fronts, dealing objectively with diametrically opposite premises, and then arriving at the best solution. The open mindedness enables you to be a realist who is also an optimist at heart. Strange as it may seem, you hope for the best, and also expect the worst at the same time. You operate in the real world with best positive attitude, while understanding fully well what is practically possible in a given situation. This synergistic combination of realistic optimism ( or optimistic realism) can help you to deal with problems in an effective and positive manner, in my view, especially during the challenging phases in life.
– Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate
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Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.
– Mark Twain
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Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.
– Hermann Hesse
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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
– Margaret Young
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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
– Margaret Young
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Often sound advice turns out to be totally wrong. Sometimes things turn out in such a way that only a fool would predict. Which is why fools, too, have their place in analysis and debate.
– Unknown
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Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.
– Harlan Miller
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Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
– Conte Vittorio Alfieri
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Often times, what you desire is never what you deserve. That's why, God often denies you your desire in order to give you what you really deserve.
– Emeasoba George
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Often we can achieve an even better result when we stumble yet are willing to start over, when we don't give up after a mistake, when something doesn't come easily but we throw ourselves into trying, when we're not afraid to appear less than perfectly polished.
– Sharon Salzberg
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Often we forget to acknowledge the brilliant minds around us, in the process of impressing the small minds.
– Siddharth Astir
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Often we read to conform but not to educate.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.
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Often we read to strengthen our beliefs but not to think.
– Debasish Mridha, M.D.
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Often when we are least expecting it, Life sets up a really tough challenge to test our courage and our ability to fight. We mustn't pretend that nothing has happened, but instead must stand up and face the reality with utmost Courage. We must accept the facts that the Challenge is never going to wait, and that the flow of Life does not reverse. At such testing moments in life, Courage is what enables us to stand up, face the challenge and overcome all odds. Courage is what truly makes us who we are, as we wrestle with our demons to triumph. Good luck, my Friend.
– Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate
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Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.
– Mark Twain
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Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.
– Jack Handey Deep Thoughts
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