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Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.
By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.
Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.
Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance
I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage.
Minds do not act together in public they simply stick together and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts apathy to one of brotherly love.
Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.
We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.
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