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All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case. God has written all the books.
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
It has beeen said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma, or want of dogma, that the danger lies.
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
Loyalty is still the same,Whether it win or lose the gameTrue as a dial to the sun,Although it be not shined upon.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and in exactly the right places.
The three most important parts a man has are, briefly, his private parts, his money and his religious beliefs.
What makes all doctrines plain and clear- About two hundred pounds a year. And that which was prov'd true before Prove false again Two hundred more.
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